Management in the port of Southampton from 1870 to 1914 in two volumes

Godley, John (2000) Management in the port of Southampton from 1870 to 1914 in two volumes University of Southampton, Faculty of Arts, School of Humanities, Masters Thesis , 340pp.


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During the period 1870 to 1914, the harbour and docks at Southampton were not controlled by the same authority. The harbour and the Royal Pier were managed by the Harbour Board, but the docks were owned by the Southampton Dock Company until 1892, when they were purchased by the London and South Western Railway Company. The composition of the Boards of Management was quite different since the Directors of the companies were elected by shareholders and were limited in number to twelve, whereas every member of Southampton Borough Council had the right to a place on the Harbour Board. In the thesis, the Management, including finance, personnel and capital works is examined as are the relations between the Harbour Board, Southampton Corporation, the Dock Company, London and South Western Railway Company and major shipping companies. Port management and the local commercial community were aware of changes in design of steamships which would necessitate the building of larger docks, quays and deeper waterways if the port was to retain and expand its trade. The manner in which this problem was addressed by the owners of the docks and the Harbour Board and the events leading to the reform of the Harbour Board are examined.

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Organisations: University of Southampton
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February 2000Published
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2017 18:53
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