Shipping Controller

Shipping Controller was a post created by the Lloyd George Coalition Government in 1916 under the New Ministries and Secretaries Act (6 & 7 George 5 c.68) to regulate and organize merchant shipping in order to supply the United Kingdom with the materials to fight the war following severe losses.[1][2]

Shipping Controller of Ministry of Shipping
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AppointerLloyd George Coalition Government
Constituting instrumentNew Ministries and Secretaries Act 1916
Formation10 December 1916
First holderSir Joseph Maclay
Final holderLord Pirrie

Shipping ControllersEdit

The first Shipping Controller was Sir Joseph Maclay,[1] later Baron Maclay who was appointed on 10 December 1916.[2]

The second Shipping Controller was Lord Pirrie from 1918.[3]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Hurwitz, Samuel J (15 Oct 2013). "Chapter XI – The "Jugular Vein": Shipping". State Intervention in Great Britain: Study of Economic Control and Social Response, 1914–1919. Routledge. p. 194. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b "British Shipping Controller – Count Dohna and His SeaGull". Retrieved 23 March 2014.[dead link]
  3. ^ Lettens, Jan (25 April 2012). "TSC - The Shipping Controller (WWI)". WreckSite.

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