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Semi-official correspondence between B.W.I. and Hong Kong and London, 1957

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J1/115/4

Scope and Contents

Semi-official correspondence of Jardine, Matheson & Co. (Caribbean) Ltd, Port of Spain, Trinidad, with Jardine Matheson, Hong Kong, and Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, including correspondence with R. Gordon (R.G. Series):

1. Copies of letters nos R.G. 1-4 from H.D.M. Barton, Hong Kong, to R. Gordon, Port of Spain, 20 July-23 December 1957.

2. Original letters nos R.G. 1-2 from R. Gordon, Port of Spain, to H.D.M. Barton, Hong Kong, 7 and 26 August 1957.

3. Copies of letters nos 1-18 from H.D.M. Barton, I.D. Bruce and D.C. Geddes, Hong Kong, to G.J.P. Carey, Port of Spain, 5 January-21 September 1957.

4. Original letters nos 1-17 from G.J.P. Carey, Port of Spain, to H.D.M. Barton and I.D. Bruce, Hong Kong, 31 January-20 November 1957, with related papers. A second no. 3 has been changed in pen to no. 4.

5. Copies of letters nos R.G. 1-20 from R. Gordon, Port of Spain, to W.J. Keswick, London, 1 July-23 December 1957, with related papers.

6. Copies of letters nos R.G. 1-16 from J.H. Keswick and W.J. Keswick, London, to R. Gordon, Port of Spain, 15 July-27 December 1957, with related papers.

7. Copies of letters nos 184-260 from J.H. Keswick and W.J. Keswick, London, to G.J.P. Carey, Port of Spain, 4 January-20 December 1957, with related papers.

8. Copies of letters nos 1-96 from G.J.P. Carey, Port of Spain, to W.J. Keswick, London, 5 January-13 December 1957, with related papers.

Much of the correspondence concerns the future of the West Indies Navigation Co. Ltd. There are also letters regarding the company's vessel S.S. 'West Indian', including its appearance; ballasting; Mr Bennett; change of crew; charts; chief officer; Mr Dunbar; charter hire; chief engineer; engineers; fumigation; J.A. McCabe; master's wife and children; officers; officers' pay and allowances; operating expenses; radio operators; sale; Captain Tasker; termination of service; time charter; and voyage reports.

Other subjects covered are advertising; Aranjuez estates; Australia; Bagasse; Geo. W. Bennett, Bryson & Co., Antigua; Booker Bros (Liverpool) Ltd; British Honduras; building company; business prospects in the West Indies; Canadian National (West Indies) Steamships Ltd; Caribbean Exhibition, Trinidad; Caribbean tramping; charter party arrangements; Chinese New Year; Colonial Development Corporation participation; L. Constantine (Minister of Communications); copper ore from Nicaragua; crews for ore carriers; Freeport; B.C.A. Gates; Georgetown (British Guiana); Albert Gomes; Robert Gordon's visit to the British West Indies; government-subsidised inter-island service; Alan Grieve; 'Hermann Langreder'; home staff regulations; Geo. F. Huggins & Co. Ltd; Sir Nutcombe Hume; inter-island shipping; Jamaica Banana Producers Association Ltd; Jamaica - bauxite; Jamaica - economy; Jamaica - politics; Jamaica - social; Jamaica - tourism and hotels; 'Johann Ahlers'; land investment; Lombard Insurance Co.; Martinique; memorandum of agreement between H.M.G. and David Macbrayne Ltd; Mill Reef Club; mission to Canada; John Mordecai; M.T.C.A. regulations; M.V. 'Mexico'; M.V. 'Teal'; Nassau; new regional shipping service in the West Indies; new tonnage; 'Nina'; insurance; oil; 'Pinta'; proposed insurance company in the West Indies; regional shipping; Royal Bank of Canada; Royal Netherlands Harbour Works; St Lucia strike; Shipping Association of Trinidad; ships from Canada; site of federal capital; S.S. 'Cottica'; M. Swabey; Taurel & Co.; taxation; telegrams; three bays line; Tobago Service; Trinidad Carnival; Trinidad Chamber of Commerce; Trinidad/Tobago Sea Transport Services; Trinidad/Tobago Service - 'Kvinnherad'; Venezuela; warehousing; West Indian Federal Shipping Co.; West Indian shipping; Wieting & Richter Ltd; L.J. Williams; WINCO accounts; WINCO and future shipping in the West Indies; WINCO annual accounts; WINCO Annual General Meeting; WINCO bunkering; WINCO cargo clerks; WINCO chartered freighter service; WINCO charter party arrangements; WINCO constitution; WINCO Directors; WINCO financial position; WINCO - last voyage; WINCO - McLellan Report; WINCO management; WINCO manager's fee; WINCO meeting with shipping sub-committee in Barbados; WINCO 1956 accounts; WINCO officers; WINCO subsidy; WINCO - termination of agreement; WINCO - tonnage available for charter; Windward and Leeward Islands; Joseph Yen; C.S. Yung; and Frank Yung.


  • Creation: 1957


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