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Memorandum and Articles of Association of The Orient Steam Navigation Company, Limited.

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At head of title: Company limited by shares. Incorporated 12th February, 1878. London : Printed by Waterlow Bros. & Layton, Birchin Lane and Lime Street, E.C., [1878]. First edition. Foolscap folio (330 x 200 mm), original printed pink wrappers (somewhat dusty, old vertical fold, paper split at head of spine), stitched, pp 19; internally clean.

‘The Orient Steam Navigation Company was established in 1878 and jointly managed by the London shipowning firms of Anderson, Anderson and Company and F. Green and Company until 1919, when the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company acquired a controlling interest in its shareholding capital; at approximately the same time the dual management of the undertaking by the Anderson and Green companies came to an end and the two businesses were merged into a private limited company formed for the purpose, Anderson, Green and Company Limited. The Orient company was a small enterprise operating a handful of very large ships in virtually one trade, the mail and passenger service to Australia and New Zealand. In due course it provided a co-ordinated service in this region with ships of the P&O fleet; in later years, similarly in collaboration with P&O, a passenger service between North American ports and Australia and New Zealand was instituted, and in attempts to promote passenger traffic in the Pacific, a series of voyages between North America, the Far East and Australia were inaugurated. The company’s ships were also extensively employed in ocean cruising.’ (Royal Museums Greenwich)

The Orient Steam Navigation Company’s Memorandum lists the names of all the subscribers (the initial shareholders): James Anderson, Frederick Green, James George Skelton Anderson, Adam Stuart Kettelwell, A. G. Anderson, Charles Ernest Green and W. R. Anderson; the Articles of Association  comprises the set of rules that governed how the Company was to be run.

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