Research in Maritime History, Vol. 49

Gordon Boyce,
The Growth and Dissolution of a Large-Scale Business Enterprise:
The Furness Interest 1892-1919

 

Table of Contents
 

About the Author / iii

Acknowledgements  / v

Figures and Tables / vii

Introduction / 1

 
Chapter 1:   Furness' Shipping Services: Growth by Organic Means in the 1880s / 15

Chapter 2:    The 1890s: Furness Withy's Expansion by Acquisition and Promotion / 35

Chapter 3:    Diversification into the Industrial Sector, 1895-1901 / 55

Chapter 4:    Trouble on the Transatlantic Route: The Formation of IMM and Furness' Response / 85

Chapter 5:    The Growth of Shipping Services, 1902-1909 / 107

Chapter 6:    Industrial Operations and Performance, 1900-1914 / 143

Chapter 7:    The Growth of the Shipping Interests, 1910-1919 / 177

Chapter 8:    Structure / 213

Chapter 9:    Finance / 249

Chapter 10:   Holding Company Investment Activities and Intermediary Operations / 285

Chapter 11:   Personnel / 299

Chapter 12:   Furness / 321

Chapter 13:   Dissolution / 359

Appendix 1:   Development of the Combined Fleet, 1900-1919 / 373

Appendix 2a:   Patterns of Ownership: The Furness Group, 1919 / 376

Appendix 2b:   Reorganizations of Branch Offices and Superintending Departments, 1911-1912 / 377

Appendix 3a:   Fluctuations in Freights, Profits, Tonnage Afloat and Merchant Shipping Output / 378

Appendix 3b:   Output of Merchant Tonnage (Excluding Warships), 1892-1913 / 379

Appendix 3c:    Fluctuations in the Price of a 7500-Ton Cargo Steamer, 1898-1913 / 380

Appendix 4:    Development of the Furness Group: Principal Promotions, Acquisitions and Divestments, 1880-1919 / 381

Appendix 5:    Northern Allies and Maritime Associates / 384

Appendix 6:    Contemporary Accounting Law and Conventions, 1845-1914 / 385

Appendix 7:    Lord Furness' Movements, 1899-1912 / 387

Bibliography / 389

Appendix A:  A Note on the Shipping Statistics, 1686-1788 / 379

Appendix B:  Sources for the History of the Shipping Industry / 391

Index / 397


Updated: July 9, 2013