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Houlder Line

British, 1856 - 1980

Institution: Houlder Line
Houlder Brothers & Co. was formed in 1856 in London. Originally sailings were made to the USA and later to New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands. In 1902 the subsidiary Empire Transport Co. was established and in 1906 the Federal-Houlder-Shire Line was formed with Federal Line and Turnbull Martin's Shire Line to operate services between Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Avonmouth to Australia and New Zealand, but this was later confined to Australia only. In 1980 and the remaining Houlder Line ships were transferred to Furness, Withy (Shipping) Ltd.