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The Trade MakersElder Dempster in West Africa, 1852-1972, 1973-1989$
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Peter N. Davies

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780968128893

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780968128893.001.0001

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Lord Kylsant

Lord Kylsant

(p.131) Chapter 7 Lord Kylsant
The Trade Makers

Peter N. Davies

Liverpool University Press

This chapter presents the aftermath of Alfred Lewis Jones’ death and reports the changes made to Elder Dempster by his successors, Owen Cosby Philipps, known as Lord Kylsant, and Lord Pirrie. It provides a brief biography and career history for the pair but focuses mainly on the decisions made by them towards the company, its finances and professional relationships, and compares their actions to those of their predecessor. The chapter explores the opportunist decisions made by John Holt and Company after Jones’ death and describes the allowances made towards him by Philipps and Pirrie. The chapter concludes with the introduction of the Lever Brothers and their company, West African Oils Limited, and reports the shipping restrictions they faced at the hands of Elder Dempster. It ends with the lingering threat of the Lever Brothers waiting for an opportunity to bypass these restrictions.

Keywords:   West Africa, British West Africa, West African Trade, West African Shipping Trade, Liverpool Shipping, Elder Dempster, Lord Kylsant, Lever Brothers, West African Oils Limited

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