Records of Light Shipping Ltd, shipowners, Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Annual returns 1960-1961
  • Journal 1960-1968
  • Ledger 1954-1960
  • Vessel expenses and receipts 1951-1964
  • Directors' reports and accounts 1966-1973
  • Board papers and agreements 1966
  • Correspondence files 1970-1975
  • Company seal , mid 20th century
  • Vessel diaries 1955-1969

Administrative / Biographical History

Light Shipping Ltd was incorporated as a limited liability company in c1920  as shipowners in Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland. The company operated a number of tugs on the river Clyde and by 1971 was in competition with those of the Clyde Shipping Co Ltd , ship owners, Glasgow, Scotland. In 1971  , the companies entered into an agreement to pool their tug operations with Light Shipping Ltd becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Ross & Marshall Ltd , shipowners, Greenock, themselves a wholly owned subsidiary of Clyde Shipping Co Ltd. In 1973  , Light Shipping Ltd was transferred to become a subsidiary of Clyde Shipping Co Ltd. Light Shipping Ltd was renamed as Clyde Shipping Tugs Ltd in 1974  and operated as ship towers, operating the vessels of Ross & Marshall Ltd and purchasing 5 new tugs bringing their fleet to 6. Clyde Shipping Tugs Ltd was dissolved in 1999  .


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Access Information

No access for legal, business or commercial reasons without the written permission of Clyde Marine plc. Apply in the first instance to Glasgow University Archive Services.

Acquisition Information

Permanent loan : Clyde Shipping Co Ltd : Glasgow: October 1982

Other Finding Aids

Digital file level list available in searchroom

Manual file available at the National Registers of Archives in Edinburgh (NRA(S)3530) and London (NRA21580)

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Custodial History

Held by Clyde Shipping Co Ltd


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Related Material

GB 248 UGD 176/1 Records of Clyde Shipping Co Ltd

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GB 248 UGD 229 Records of Forth Tugs Ltd

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