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Semi-official correspondence between B.W.I. and London, 1956

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/115/3

Scope and Contents

Copies of semi-official correspondence between Jardine, Matheson & Co. (Caribbean) Ltd, Port of Spain, Trinidad, and Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, with related documents:

1. Letters nos 1-88 from G.J. Carey, Port of Spain, to H.D.M. Barton and (mainly) W.J. Keswick, London, 7 January-10 December 1956. There are also related documents, including press cuttings and a copy of an article from the 'Barbados Advocate' of 18 November 1956 on the West Indies shipping service, accompanied by a letter from G.J.P. Carey sent in response, 24 November 1956.

2. Letters nos 97-183 from W.J. Keswick (mainly), J.H. Keswick, Alan Reid and W.E.D. Smith, London, to G.J.P. Carey, Port of Spain, 3 January-27 December 1956. There are also related documents, including particulars of the French ship 'Lamartine', enclosed with letter no. 120 of 26 March 1956; particulars of the French ship 'Ville de Haiphong', enclosed with letter no. 125 of 10 April 1956; the draft report of the Directors of the West Indies Navigation Co. Ltd for the period ended 31 December 1955; memoranda of August and September 1956, enclosed with letter no. 169 of 21 September 1956, regarding the West Indies Navigation Co. Ltd, Trinidad/Tobago Service, West Indies Navigation Co. Ltd Constitution, etc., Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd 'West Indian' Charter, and Jardine, Matheson & Co.'s attitude to the future of WINCO.

Many of the letters relate to S.S. 'West Indian', including its call at Tobago on 6 September 1956; chief engineer; crew wages; engineers; finance; future operation and support; navigation officers; new tonnage; officers; F.L. Pears (second engineer); radio operations; repairs and annual docking; and revised scale of pay and allowances. The remaining subjects include airplanes; Aranjuez accounts; Athel Line; Australian Trade Commissioner; banks; Barbados; Barbados deep water harbour; Barbados elections; Prof. C.G. Beasley (death); L.W. Bell (late radio officer); K.D. Bennett (second officer); Bristol freighter; Sir John Buchanan-Jardine; Cable & Wireless; Colonial Development Corporation advances; Colonial Development Corporation quarterly report; charter hire; coastal steamer service; Commodity Service Co. (Jamaica) Ltd - rice; competition; W.A. Copeman (Norwich Union); crew wages; Miss J. de la Bastide; development in the Bahamas; M. Dorman; Eastern Caribbean Service; federal capital; federal officers; freight rates; General Steam Navigation Co. Ltd; Albert Gomes; grapefruit; Grenada; A.C. Grieve; housing loans rush; imports from British Guiana; Inter-Colonial Freight Tariff Committee; inter-island shipping; Jamaica agents; Jamaica cash position; Jardine, Matheson & Co. and the Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. Ltd in the West Indies; Jardine, Matheson & Co. (Caribbean) Ltd transfer of funds; Kingston, Jamaica; Lamson Kwok (Wing On Life Assurance Co.); land investment; L.J. Lismer; Captain L. McRae; Mr McLellan; Mariners Club; Mayer M. Matalon; Minister of Communications; J.S. Mordecai; M.T. 'Border Reiver'; new tonnage - 'Lamartine'; M.V. 'Canje Pheasant'; Nippon Yusen Kaisha through bills of lading to B.W.I. ports via Port of Spain; Pacific Steam Navigation Co. Ltd; parliamentary question on 'West Indian' service costs; portage bills and victualing vouchers; 'Port of Spain Gazette' editorial; publicity; Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands; W.J. Raatgever (death); Regional Economic Committee; Regional Economic Committee meeting and shipping adviser; regional services; rice from British Guiana; rice shortage; R.N.H.W.; R.N.H.W. - E.A. Stockmann; R.N.H.W. - repairs to No. 6 Docksite, Port of Spain; publicity; Captain A. Reid - S.S. 'Precise'; Alan Reid; N.J. Rowlatt; San Juan drydocking bill; schooner M.V. 'Marcelle S'; Scottish Aviation Ltd demonstration film; Scottish Aviation Ltd Prestwick Pioneer and Twin Pioneer; Scottish Pioneer Aircraft; Seamen's Registration Committee; shipbuilding; shipbuilding for regional service; shipping adviser; Shipping Association; S.S. 'Eastern Argosy'; standards of safety at sea; Peter Stone; Stanley S. Stone (death); sugar industry strike; P.Y. Tang; tax on cargo; telegrams; Three Bays Line; Tobago Service; Trinidad & Tobago - survey of development; Trinidad Agencies; Trinidad Budget, 1957; Trinidad Chamber of Commerce; Trinidad elections; Trinidad Government; Trinidad Government financial aid; Trinidad rice; Trinidad/Tobago Service; Trinidad Waterfront; Vesteys; Vesteys cold storage; Vesteys in the Caribbean; 'Ville de Haiphong'; visit of Mr and Mrs John Keswick; voyage report and 1956 estimates; wharf shortage at Grand Turk; WINCO accounts and finances; WINCO annual subsidy and subsidy refund; WINCO Annual General Meeting; WINCO charter hire; WINCO employees on board; WINCO - future management; WINCO interim accounts to 30/6/56; WINCO - new tonnage; WINCO - summary of voyage results, 1955; WINCO taxation - Pioneer Industry Status; and WINCO voyage 13 - report and estimated result.


  • Creation: 1956


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