Hyde, Francis E.


Liverpool University Press, 1st.ed., 1967. Xx + 208 pp., frontis + 14 other plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. A major Liverpool shipping line which has only in recent years gone out of business, Professor Hyde examines the fortunes of T. & J. Harrison and the successive attempts of businessmen over a period of more than a century to achieve efficiency and growth in trade. He describes the founding of the Company in 1830, their partnership in the Charente brandy trade, the changeover from sail to steam in the Lisbon wine trade, experiences in the Coolie trade, and the diversion to the West Indies, Mexico and Brazil. The author also takes a look at the various conference agreements and describes the expansion and financial organization of Harrisons : the Indian trade and the admission of Brocklebank, Anchor, Clan and P&O. Other topics include the South African trade, the Ellerman-Harrison service, German competition and the decline in trade after 1918. He recalls the rate-cutting wars, the Depression of the early 1930s, and the allocation of resources and strength of management which met the crisis of a new war in 1939. Exceptionally FINE copy.

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