- 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
- (p.339) Chapter 15 The Future
- The Trade Makers
Peter N. Davies
- Liverpool University Press
This chapter predicts future challenges to the progress and viability of Elder Dempster, and reflects on West African nations’ increasing desire to independently carry and operate their own shipping services. It discusses the advantages of conference systems and palletisation schemes and provides a forecast on growth in West African trade as a whole. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the existing situation of West African trade and Elder Dempster’s future prospects at the time of writing in 1972, and takes into consideration the company’s valuable association with Ocean Transport and Trading Limited.
Keywords: West Africa, British West Africa, West African Trade, West African Shipping Trade, Liverpool Shipping, Elder Dempster, West African Lines Conference, West African Independence, Ocean Transport and Trading Limited
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