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Elder Dempster Lines was one of the UK’s largest shipping companies, and during its 150 year history it operated more than 500 ships.

Elder Dempster Lines houseflag Based in the historic port of Liverpool it was the major shipping line to serve West Africa. As well as its cargo ships Elder Dempster Lines operated three liners on a scheduled service to Ghana and Nigeria.

It employed many people, from its seagoing staff to those personnel in its UK offices and Elder Dempster Agencies branches in West Africa. The company had its own Cadet Department to train the deck, engineer, purser, and catering officers of the future. There was a cadet training ship, and Elder Dempster Lines was the first British shipping company to open a purpose-built cadet residential establishment.

This website tells something of the story of EDs in the 1960s when the company was at its postwar peak, and is in many ways a unique social and historical archive of just one shipping company almost half a century ago. Its comprehensive photographic record - only possible through the generosity of many former Elder Dempster seagoing staff - grows by the month, and at the last count there are now more than 1,100 photographs to view, together with 800 other images including badges, flags, menus, posters, cargo papers, and Elder Dempster ephemera ranging from beer mats to brochures.

The pages which form ElderDempster.org provide a snapshot - literally - of the ships, ports, and crews in those heady days when the world was young, and when so many followed a tradition and went to sea.

They show a time and a way of life which have gone forever.

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Elder Dempster Lines Heritage Archive

 

EDL an introduction company history EDL
EDL photographs ships of the fleet EDL
rank ranks and uniforms cadet training cadet
EDL funnels and flags ephemera EDL
pursers pursers liverpool shipping bird
model model ships railways railways
Palm Line other fleets little ships wheel
MN Badge Merchant Navy links links
Flag Lima nautical glossary a personal view purser
anchor ex EDs? what’s new? info

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website last updated 29 March 2014
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