Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Co Ltd

Scope and Content

Illustrated history of the company 1926; illustrated history of the company 1976; photographs c.1926-1937; ship drawings c.1937-c.1952; ledgers 1922-1941.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Co Ltd, incorporated on the 3 July 1826, was a fusion of the Dundee & Perth Shipping Company, established in 1798 and the Dundee & Perth Union Shipping Company established in 1819. The Dundee & Perth Shipping Co ran vessels from Dundee to London, Glasgow and Liverpool in addition to lighters between Dundee and Perth. The Union Shipping Co ran vessels from Dundee to London, Glasgow and Leith and lighters from Dundee to Perth.

In 1917 the Dundee, Perth & London Shipping Co took over the Dundee and Newcastle Company, and in 1918 the Kirkcaldy Steamship Co. They later purchased the Leith-Dundee-Southampton-Treport service from Mr Thomas Cowan of Leith, and in 1929 the Aberdeen, Newcastle and Hull Steam Company was acquired. Until the outbreak of war in 1939 the company's London Traders carried passengers as well as cargo. London cargo services switched to rail in 1961. In 1971 the company became involved in North Sea Oil when the first British Petroleum oil rig supply ship berthed at Queen Elizabeth wharf, and in 1973 an agreement was reached with Thiess-Petrosea International to operate an oil rig supply base from the western section of the Eastern Wharf.


Records are arranged chronologically within series.

Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

The records were deposited by the company in 1977 (AccM/19) and by a private depositor in 1981 (AccM/151).


Fonds level description compiled by Sarah Chubb, Archives Hub Project Archivist, October 2001.

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Related Material

Further records of the company are held at Dundee City Archives.

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