This chapter describes the reconstruction of Elder Dempster’s company structure and development after the Second World War. It states the company’s losses in terms of vessels and staff, and assesses the changes made in management and head office accommodation in order to allow Elder Dempster to meet the level of success it had achieved in the early 20th Century. The chapter also addresses the changing composition of the West African trade after the war, which included alterations in the determination of freight rates; the extension of the West African Lines Conference; and the intrusion of Scandinavian lines into the West African trade market. The chapter concludes with Elder Dempster’s purchase of the British and Burmese Steam Navigation Company Limited.
Keywords: West Africa, British West Africa, West African Shipping Trade, Liverpool Shipping, Elder Dempster, Second World War, West African Lines Conference, Scandinavian West Africa Line, Höegh Line, British and Burmese Steam Navigation Company Limited
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