Deed of settlement of the Boston and Wainfleet Steam Navigation Company, 1836

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one deed in an original red morocco wrapper.

The deed is dated 10 December 1836 and is made between all of the shareholders of the new company; the deed has 103 clauses relating to the establishment of the company, and includes agreements relating to shareholdings, the role of the directors, annual and general meetings, and other issues.

The settlement is signed by 151 shareholders; details of their name, place of residence, profession, number of shares, and amount of money paid are given.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Boston and Wainfleet Steam Navigation Company (later known as The Boston, Wainfleet and London Steam Navigation Company) was established as a joint stock company in 1836. Its purpose was to carry passengers, cattle, goods, wares and merchandise between Boston and Wainfleet in Lincolnshire, and London, using steam vessels. The company's capital stock was £40,000, divided into 1,600 shares of £25 each. The company had a wharf at Wainfleet, and another at Scotia Creek just south of Boston. The company's first vessel was called the Scotia. By 1842 two vessels per week were travelling to London. Little more is known of the company, but it probably did not survive long after the opening of the Boston railway in 1848.


No archival arrangement has been necessary

Conditions Governing Access

Accessible to all readers.

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on the description belongs to the University of Nottingham.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Fair. Vellum folios with red morocco wrappers; large quarto volume. Some cockling at the edges of some of the folios.

Conditions Governing Use

Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult.

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in writing from the Keeper of Manuscripts and Special Collections

Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

Custodial History

The item was acquired in November 2007.