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Indo-China letters from London to Hong Kong, 28 Apr. 1916-23 Jan. 1919 (mainly April 1916 - January 1918)

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS JM/J3/2/1

Scope and Contents

Original semi-official letters, I.C. nos 1-40, 28 April 1916-10 January 1918, and no. 56, 23 January 1919, with related papers.

There is an index at the start of the volume containing the following entries:

A: Annual Accounts; Account Underwriting; Annual Meeting; A./Association; New Book Assistant; Administration Charges - Owners; Audits of Accounts; Agreement - Calcutta Line; Adjustment Board & Arbitrators; Adjustment of Value in Case of Loss by War Risk; Allowance for Claims & Consolidated Commission; Arbitration; Details about Accounts.

B: British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd - Retiring Pensions; British India Steam Navigation Co. Ltd - Rates of Pay; R.H.R. Burder; Mr Barden; Arrangements at Bombay; Blue Book Rates of Chartered Hire; Blue Books Rates & Condition; Bonus; S.S. 'Banyei Maru', Kobe to Bombay; Delay at Busreh.

C: Compensation to Crews; Compensation to Stevedores; Commissions & Claims; Commission on 'Liner' Earnings; Contribution for Owners' Obligations; Calcutta Steamers; Calcutta - Pacific Trade; Proposed New Calcutta Steamer; Calcutta Line; Cadets; Committee - Hong Kong; Committee for United Kingdom; Committee Abroad; Chater's Director's Qualifications; Company's Line of Insurance; Certificates - Officers Holding Higher Grade Than That In Which They Serve; Classification of Steamers; Comparison of Pay - Indo-China Steam Navigation Co. & British India Steam Navigation Co.; Controlled Steamers; S.S. 'Cheonshing'; Control - Under Your Direct.

D: Debentures in the Names of Sir Edward Beauchamp and Myself; Proposed Interim Dividend; Diversion Clauses in B/Lading & P/Tickets; Dutch Steamers & Remuneration for Taking Over.

E: Mr Eastman; Interest on Exchequer Bonds; Exchequer Bonds; Engineers Engaged Locally; Excess Profits Tax; Exchange Compensation to Staff; Exchange at 2/- per $; Exchange Rate on Charter Hire; Expenses Organisation.

F: Funds; S.S. 'Fooksang'.

G: Mr Grimston; Guild Offices.

H: S.S. 'Hinsang'; Captain G.S. Holmwood; Hospital Allowance; Hoongon Co. Ltd; Hung-on Co.

I: Indo-China Steam Navigation Co.; Insurance; Indo-China - Annual Meeting; Increase of Pay - Officers' Demand; Indo-China Shares; Insurance on Kiukiang Hulk; Insurance on Fleet; Increased Leave After Five Years Instead of After Six; Income Tax on Preferred Shares; Marine Insurance.

J: Jardine, Matheson & Co. Ltd - Revised Commission.

K: S.S. 'Kwaisang'; S.S. 'Kutsang' Claim.

L: S.S. 'Lienshing'; Leave Rules; Leave Pay; List of Steamship Companies.

M: Meeting - Board of Directors; Meetings - Minutes of Board; Matheson's Remuneration; Monthly Estimates.

N: S.S. 'Namsang'.

O: Opium Money - S.S. 'Yuensang'; S.S. 'Onsang'.

P: R.N. Petty Offices; Passage Between England & India; Pay - Rates of Pay on Indian Coast; Officers' Pay; Pensions on Superannuation No. 4; Pension Scheme; Pension to Officers & Engineers; Method of Payment for Hire.

R: Rates of Charter Hire & Details about Accounts; Rates of Charter Hire for Cargo Liners & Tramps; Requisitioned & Liable to Loss by War Risk; Retiring Age; Liner Requisition; Result of Working; Requisitioned Steamers; Flat Requisitioned Vessels; Requisitioning of Steamers; General Requisitioning; River Steamer Ordered from Messrs William Hamilton & Co.; Reconditioning of Vessels; S.S. 'Rajah' & 'Ranee'.

S: Mr Sinclair; Strike of Officers; Strike Settlement Terms; Standard Ships; Firm's Holding of Shares; Conditions of Service in the East; Sub-committee - Hong Kong.

T: Telegrams; Telegram of 20/10/17 to Matheson & Co.; Messrs Tamplin & Kellock; S.S. 'Taishan'; Termination of Liner Requisition.

V: Delay at Vladivostock; Class of Vessel; Valuations of Steamers; Vessels which have come to this Country.

W: War Bags - Calcutta-Vladivostock; War Bags; War Bonus; West River Steamers; Mr Wells; War Risk Insurance on Calcutta Steamers; War Risk - Excess Values;


  • 28 Apr. 1916-23 Jan. 1919 (mainly April 1916 - January 1918)

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is subject to special conditions and is at the discretion of Matheson & Co. Ltd, part of the Jardine Matheson Group. A statement of the conditions and an application form are available in the Manuscripts Reading Room. Printed copies of the form are available by post (please contact the University Library). An electronic version can also be found at

Records described in the catalogue as being in a bad condition are in a fragile state that precludes them being made available to readers.

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1 volume(s) (1 volume)

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Fair condition, but some damage by insects.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Received from Matheson & Co. Ltd, London, June 1990.


Former reference: J26/1


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