Records of Ben Line Ship Management Ltd, shipping line, Edinburgh, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • 160 voyage record books, 1851-1922
  • 89 voyage record filing boxes, 1939-1978.

Administrative / Biographical History

The company began in 1839 with a partnership between William and Alexander Thomson who built up routes to Europe, Canada, the far East and the Baltic. The company changed its name to Ben Line Steamers Ltd in 1919. Source


arranged into 2 series

Conditions Governing Access


Acquisition Information

Deposit : E G Thomson (Holdings) Ltd : 2006 : ACCN 2949

Other Finding Aids

Box list available.

Digital file level list in preparation. To be catalogued as UGC199.

Alternative Form Available

No known copies

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

None which affect the use of this material

Archivist's Note

  • Boxlist of volumes completed by George Gardner, 2006.
  • Boxlist of boxes completed by Elva McLean, William Bill, Jennifer Reade, Sarah Beckinsale, Susan Gentles, Archie Leitch 10 July 2007

Separated Material

The company holds more material in their offices.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Archivist.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use and condition of documents.

Appraisal Information

Filing boxes may be appraised in the future

Custodial History

With company, then deposited in Edinburgh University Archives. Transferred to GUAS in 2006.


More expected

Related Material

More material held by company

Location of Originals

The material is original


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