Blue Anchor Line

Lund's Blue Anchor Line was a shipping company operating between the United Kingdom, South Africa and Australia between 1870 and 1910.

Blue Anchor Line advertisement, 1903

The owners of this shipping company in later years were Messrs. W. Lund and Sons.[1]

The Blue Anchor Line was founded in London by Wilhelm Lund (b. Denmark 1837,[2] d. Kent, 1928)[3] in 1869.[1] His two sons were Albert Edward Lund and Friedrich Wilhelm Lund, who was also called Frederick Lund,[4] and is also recorded as F.W. Lund Jr. ( his grandfather, also a ship-owner, was also called Wilhelm Lund). An "H. Lund" also appears in relation to the business.

Originally sailing ships were used. Between 1880 and 1890, sailing ships were replaced by steamers.[1]

Ships operated by this company include Waratah, Commonwealth, Bungaree,[5] Geelong,[6] Wilcannia, Narrung, and Wakool.[7][8]

The disappearance of the Waratah near Durban in 1909 resulted in the commercial failure of the company. Its ships were sold to P&O,[9] and it was wound up in 1910.

An inquiry was held in London to investigate the disappearance of the Waratah, and F.W.Lund Jr., who gave evidence at the inquiry on behalf of the owners,[10] was described in some newspaper reports as the chairman of directors of the company,[11] although it appears to have actually been a partnership, in which Wilhelm Lund was still the senior partner.[12]

The wreck of the Waratah has never been found, and the cause of its loss remains inconclusive and still attracts controversy. Despite this setback, Wilhelm Lund and F.W. Lund continued to be respectable businessmen.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Blue Anchor Line". The Ships List. 5 February 2005. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  2. ^ "William Lund Positions of Trust".
  3. ^ "Wilhelm Lund, Deceased" (PDF). The London Gazette. 6 July 1928. p. 4627. Retrieved 23 August 2016.
  4. ^ "Waratah Inquiry". The Bathurst Times. New South Wales, Australia. 21 December 1910. p. 2. Retrieved 22 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ "A NEW STEAMER FOR AUSTRALIA". The Sydney Morning Herald (16, 055). New South Wales, Australia. 9 September 1889. p. 7. Retrieved 21 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "THE LUND LINER GEELONG". The Brisbane Courier. LX (14, 421). Queensland, Australia. 2 April 1904. p. 7. Retrieved 22 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "THE WAKOOL". The Sydney Morning Herald (18, 969). New South Wales, Australia. 30 December 1898. p. 3. Retrieved 21 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ "LUND'S BLUE ANCHOR LINE". The Australian Star (6514). New South Wales, Australia. 26 September 1908. p. 14. Retrieved 21 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "PURCHASE OF THE LUND LINE". The Northern Miner. Queensland, Australia. 22 January 1910. p. 5. Retrieved 22 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ "Waratah Inquiry". The Bathurst Times. New South Wales, Australia. 21 December 1910. p. 2. Retrieved 22 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "WARATAH INQUIRY". Daily Post. III (293). Tasmania, Australia. 21 December 1910. p. 5. Retrieved 22 July 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "Dominion (NZ newspaper)".
  13. ^ "William Lund Positions of Trust".

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