- Title Pages
- List of Illustrations
- Author's Introduction to the Second Edition
- Introduction to the Original Edition
Chapter 1Macgregor Laird
Chapter 2Alexander Elder and John Dempster
Chapter 3Alfred Lewis Jones
Chapter 4The West African Shipping Conference
Chapter 5Expansion and Diversification
Chapter 6The Effects of the Conference System
Chapter 7Lord Kylsant
Chapter 8The Great War
Chapter 9Reconstruction and Change
Chapter 10The End of the Royal Mail Group
Chapter 11The Reorganisation of the Company
Chapter 12The Second World War
Chapter 13Post-War Reconstruction
Chapter 14Recent Developments
Chapter 15The Future
Chapter 16A False Dawn and Terminal Decline
- List of Appendices
The Great War
The Great War
- (p.151) Chapter 8 The Great War
- The Trade Makers
Peter N. Davies
- Liverpool University Press
This chapter describes the First World War’s effect on British shipping and West African trade. It discusses shipping losses and incidents, and describes the consequences of the end of trade with Germany and Austria; the closure of the Baltic and Black seas; congestion at ports; and the strain and depletion of ships. The chapter also reports the collapse of the West African Shipping Conference at the beginning of the war and describes the ways in this affected Elder Dempster and the Lever Brothers.
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