William Robertson Shipowners Ltd, 1949-1997

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Type of entity

Corporate body

Authorized form of name

William Robertson Shipowners Ltd, 1949-1997

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Gem Line Ltd (1958-1971)
  • Gem Line (Management) Ltd (1987-1997)

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Description area

Dates of existence

1949-1997

History

William Robertson Shipowners Ltd, a private limited company, was formed in 1949 to take over the assets of the shipping business, William Robertson, including the ownership of its fleet of steamers and motor ships. The management of the fleet, however, was left in the hands of the old William Robertson partnership.

In 1952, Kneeshaw Lupton & Company Ltd, a quarrying business which for many years had been closely associated with the business, was made a wholly owned subsidiary of William Robertson Shipowners Ltd.

In the 1950s, the company invested in the Norwegian shipping line, Thor Thoresen Linje.

In 1958, the company changed its name to Gem Line Ltd. At the same time, the old William Robertson partnership was wound up and a new company, called William Robertson Shipowners Ltd, was formed to continue the management of the fleet.

The business diversified into geological research and consultancy, forming the Robertson Research Company Ltd in 1961. In the same year, it also formed the Ailsa Craig Quarrying Company Ltd.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the company invested in new and larger ships, but by 1970 the coastal trade had declined, with the advent of vast containers using large, deep water ports. As a result, in 1970, the company was taken over by Powell Duffryn Ltd, the owners of Stephenson Clarke Shipping Ltd. In 1971, following the takeover, the company reverted to its former name, William Robertson Shipowners Ltd. In 1976, the company was formally made a subsidiary of Stephenson Clarke Shipping Ltd, although it continued to trade under its own name. In 1987, it changed its name to Gem Line (Management) Ltd. The company was dissolved in 1997.

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Related entity

Kneeshaw, Lupton and Company Ltd (1922-)

Identifier of the related entity

C0255

Category of the relationship

hierarchical

Dates of the relationship

1952-1977

Description of relationship

Kneeshaw, Lupton and Company Ltd was a subsidiary of William Robertson Shipowners Ltd.

Related entity

William Robertson Shipowners Ltd, 1958-1975 (1958-1975)

Identifier of the related entity

C0257

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1958-1975

Description of relationship

William Robertson Shipowners Ltd (1958-1975) managed the fleet for William Robertson Shipowners Ltd (1949-1997). In 1969, the former became a subsidiary of the latter. In 1971, the entire business of the former was transferred to the latter.

Related entity

William Robertson, shipowners (1852-1958)

Identifier of the related entity

C0254

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

1949-1958

Description of relationship

In 1949, William Robertson Shipowners Ltd was formed to take over the assets of the William Robertson partnership. The management of the fleet was left in the hands of the partnership.

Related entity

Robertson Research Company Ltd (Formed 1961)

Identifier of the related entity

C0256

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Robertson Research Company Ltd carried out geological research and consultancy for William Robertson Shipowners Ltd.

Related entity

Robertson Group plc (1975-c 2004)

Identifier of the related entity

C0038

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Robertson Group plc was the controlling organisation of the Robertson Research Group, the geological research and consultancy arm of William Robertson Shipowners Ltd.

Related entity

Robertson, William Francis, 1920-2005, shipowner

Identifier of the related entity

P0126

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Related entity

Robertson Research Group (1961-c 2004)

Identifier of the related entity

C0272

Category of the relationship

associative

Dates of the relationship

Description of relationship

Robertson Research Group was the geological research and consultancy arm of William Robertson Shipowners Ltd.

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Control area

Authority record identifier

C0026

Institution identifier

GB 249

Rules and/or conventions used

ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2003); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Created by Victoria Peters, October 2010.

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