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The Papers of the "Flower" Motor Ship Company Ltd

Reference Code: GBR/0014/FMSC

Scope and Contents

Company records


  • Creation: 1912 - 1922


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

The "Flower" Motor Ship Company Limited was established in 1912 to finance the production of ships using internal combustion engines i.e. marine diesel ships, built in British yards. It was an enterprise backed by a prominent merchant bank in the City, M Samuel & Co. These ships were built two by Swan Hunter and one by Armstrongs. The ARBELLA and ARABIS were torpedoed and ARUM was sold back to the builders by the liquidator. The Company was financially successful and the company went into voluntary liquidation in 1917. The ships were successful both as regards fuel consumption and carrying capacity.

The directors were Marcus Samuel, Frederick Lane, Samuel Samuel and James Noble Graham. Shareholders included many well known City names and several in the Persian Gulf on which route the vessels traded.


11 archive box(es)

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Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Deposited at Churchill Archives Centre in 1976 from the archives of Hill Samuel, through Sir John Colville.


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue was compiled by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in June 2005 from an existing catalogue.


Flower Motorship Company

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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

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