Author(s): NZ Ship & Marine Society
This book covers the history of Tyser & Company to 1914, Commonwealth & Dominion / Port Line 1914 - 1991 and then specific detailed histories of associated companies such as MANZ Line, Albion & Overseas Shipping Agency, Atlas Line, Compass Line, Crusader Shipping Company, Associated Container Transport (Australia) Ltd and Pacific Australia Direct Line (PAD and other smaller companies mainly stevedoring, agency and wool dumping. The book provides the first in-depth look at the politics and operations of the Conference systems, as well as providing a concise date-line history of the British lines in New Zealand overseas trade. There are 100 pages of fleet lists covering all the Tyser Line sailing ships and steamers, the Cory Line and Royden steamers which were chartered to Tysers, the Milburn Line and "Port" steamers employed on the Anglo Australian Steam Navigation Company service 1883 - 1914, Commonweath & Dominion Line / Port Line owned time charted and war time managed MANZ Line ships including the ten Canadian Governmet ships, Crusader Shipping Company, ACT (A), plus ANL and Shipping Corporation of New Zealand emplyed on ACT (A) services. The records of each ship also provide good coverage of incidents, casualties, origins of names. A series of short paragraphs, mainly humerous gives an insight into the company culture, practices etc. of Port Line. There are 243 illustrations, over 220 are being published for the first times which a great preponderance of these photographs taken in Australian and New Zealand ports.