Hong Kong General Letters

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1 file of correspondence between John Swire & Sons, London, and Butterfield & Swire, Hong Kong, covering routine business with regards to the management of the China Navigation Company [CNCo]. Letters cover the following areas in particular: Australia trade (joint service statistics, conference membership), Bangkok Line (rice programmes, proposed immigration quota), business in North Borneo, matters affecting the Canton line (including annual report on the future of the line, letters discussing the problem of smuggling), China Merchant Steam Navigation Company [CMSN Co] with regards to the competition faced from the India line, disposition of tonnage, trade and sugar shipments in Formosa [Taiwan], Ho Hong Steamship Company (new tonnage and financial position), trade and shipping in Japan (re-accommodation of ships, trading prospects, tonnage arrangements), Java trade (political conditions, earnings, commissions), Java-China-Paket line, trade prospects in Korea, prospects of Netherland East-Indies line, ocean transhipment cargo, straits trade, smuggling, matters relating to individual vessels, CNCo weekly reports. Includes subject index


Letters are arranged chronologically by sending office

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