Records of Isaac Line Ltd, shipping company, London, England

Scope and Content

  • Minutes 1921-1937
  • Financial records 1921-1937
  • Shareholding records 1921-1936
  • History of the Isaacs Family c.1700-1865

Administrative / Biographical History

The beginnings of Isaac Line Ltd can be seen when M Isaac & Co was founded in 1829  in London. In 1933  The Leith Hull & Hamburg Steam Packet Co Ltd acquired the Isaac Line Ltd , resulting in the entry of the company into Portuguese, Western and Central Mediterranean trades. By 1940  , all regular sailings were suspended and so the name Leith, Hull & Hamburgh Steam packet Co was no longer appropriate. The company name was changed to Currie Line Ltd . In Walter Runciman & Co Ltd 1969  ( now controlled by Anchor Line Ship Manangement Ltd) acquired Currie Line Ltd and launched themselves into the bulk carrier trade. In 1976  the Anchor Line Ltd structure was recast and had five operating divisions - Anchor Line Eastern Services Ltd (concerned with Eastern commercial activities); Anchor Line Ship Management Ltd (handling the bulk carriers and any managed vessels); Currie Line Ltd ( concerned with European services, mainly with chartered tonnage, warehousing and road haulage); George Gibson & Co Ltd (concerned with the gas tanker fleet); Runciman Shipping Ltd (dealing with the administration). Anchor Line Eastern Services Ltd, Anchor Line Ship Management Ltd and George Gibson & Co were all active in 2005.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

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Acquisition Information

Deposit : Mr Brian Newman, Newcastle University : 1991 : ACCN 00142

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Custodial History



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Related Material

Glasgow University Archive Services: GB 0248 UGD 255/01, Records of Anchor Line Ltd; UGD 255/02, Records of Walter Runciman & Co Ltd; UGD 255/03, Records of Moor Line Ltd; UGD 255/04, Records of The Leith, Hull & Hamburg Steam Packet Co Ltd; UGD 255/05, Records of Currie Line Ltd; and UGD 255/07, Records of George Gibson & Co Ltd.

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Additional Information

Fonds level description compiled by Vikki Laidlaw, Hub Project Assistant, 02 September 2005.

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