The History of Leith

May 12, 2007

Records of Leith Hull & Hamburg Steam Packet Co Ltd, shipping company, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Hull & Leith Shipping Co and the Leith & Hamburg Shipping Co combined in 1836 to form the Hull & Leith Steam Packet Co. They merged with the Edinburgh & Dundee Steam Packet Co in 1847 and in 1848, control of the company was vested in Thomas Barclay, a well-known Glasgow shipbuilder, and Robert Cook of Leith. They worked together towards expanding the company’s activities. In 1852 a regular sailing between Leith and Hamburg caused a change of name to the Leith Hull & Hamburg Steam Packet Co Ltd. In 1862 James Currie joined the company and was responsible for an extensive programme opening up more routes. In 1866 Donald Currie & Co was formed jointly by James Currie and his brother, Donald Currie. for more click here

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