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D42/C - Cunard Steamship Company Ltd: Chairman's Papers

Cunard Steamship Company Ltd: Chairman's Papers

Reference GB 141 D42/C
Held at University of Liverpool, Special Collections and Archives
Dates of Creation 1862-1951
Physical Description 4 series.
Name of Creator The Cunard Steamship Co Ltd
Language of Material English, unless otherwise specified
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Title Cunard Steamship Company Ltd: Chairman's Papers 1862-1951
Author
Publication University of Liverpool, Special Collections and Archives
Creation Created using Xemacs SGML authoring software, 2012 by Sarah Tester and 2016-2017 Siân Wilks.
Language Usage Finding aid written in English.
Revisions

Scope and Content

These papers comprise correspondence to and from the respective Chairmen of the Cunard Steamship Company Limited whilst in their term of office. The files span the chairmanship of Lord Inverclyde, Sir Alfred Booth, Sir Thomas Royden, Sir Percy Bates, Mr. Frederick A. Bates, Col. Denis H. Bates and Sir John Brocklebank. The final series in this section relates to Mr A.H. Hume who was Deputy Chairman of the Cunard Steamship Co. Ltd. The correspondence in this section includes official, semi-official and personal letters with some associated meeting minutes and reports.

Arrangement

  • D42/Ca - Lord Inverclyde's Papers (1880-1904)
  • D42/C1 - Sir Alfred Booth Papers (1862-1925)
  • D42/C2 - Sir Thomas Royden Papers (1911-1935)
  • D42/C3 - Sir Percy Bates Papers (1920-1951)

Access Conditions

The collection is open to bona fide researchers.

Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation in the reading room.

Control Access Headings

Corporate Names
The Cunard Steamship Co Ltd

Lord Inverclyde's Papers (1880-1904)

Reference D42/Ca
Physical Description 9 boxes.

Scope and Content

The second Lord Inverclyde was the third Chairman of the Cunard company from 1902-1905. His papers include official and semi-official letters, and many draft copies of the 1903 shipbuilding agreement between Cunard and the British government.

The papers mostly concern the negotiations between the Cunard Company and the British Government for an agreement under which the government would provide a loan for the building of two fast, new ships (with security based on the new vessels, the existing fleet and general assets of the company) to be repaid within 20 years. In return the government was to pay an annual subvention of £150,000. In the agreement, Cunard stated that "under no circumstances shall the management of the Company be in the hands of, or the shares of the vessels of the Company held by, other than British subjects." The whole fleet was to be held at the disposal of the government. The negotiations were largely started as a response to the creation of the International Mercantile Marine Co, (American Shipping Combine) financed by J Pierpont Morgan.

Arrangement

This series has no discernible filing system and items are not always clearly labelled. The material has thus been rearranged in a chronological order where possible. There are many draft contracts included in this series, and where these have been previously uncatalogued they have been listed in bundles as found.

Control Access Headings

Subjects
The International Mercantile Marine Co.
Personal Names
Burns, George Arbuthnot (1861-1905) 2nd Baron Inverclyde of Castle Wemyss Shipowner and Merchant

Printed volume ([19--]; n.d.)

Reference D42/Ca/1
Physical Description 1 volume.

Scope and Content

Volume containing reprinted correspondence in report format relating to the conveyance of mails to the United States of America. Arranged into the following sections: Joint Contracts with Cunard, Inman and White Star Lines 1876 - 1886; Joint Contract with Cunard and White Star Lines 1887; Copy of contract 1887; Proposed mail sorting accommodation on Cunard and White Star steamers; Acceleration of mails to New York via Queenstown; Joint Contract with Cunard and White Star Lines 1899, and a Copy of contract 1899.


Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association (1880)

Reference D42/Ca/2
Physical Description 1 booklet.

Scope and Content

Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association of the Cunard Steamship Company Limited (as amended by Special Resolutions passed respectively 25th February, 1879 and 21st February, 1880)


Prospectus (Sep 1896)

Reference D42/Ca/3
Physical Description 1 item.

Scope and Content

Prospectus for Wilson & Furness - Leyland Line Limited.


Reports and accounts/Prospectuses (1893-1900)

Reference D42/Ca/4
Physical Description 5 items.

Scope and Content

Contains papers relating to Frederick Leyland & Company Limited: Prospectuses for the years 1893 and 1900; Reports and Accounts for the years 1893, 1894 and 1896

This company was to become part of the International Mercantile Marine Co.


Correspondence (1897-1902)

Reference D42/Ca/5
Physical Description 1 bundle.

Scope and Content

Entitled 'Confidential correspondence between Mr Jardine and Mr Bellew' (26 pieces) and 'Cunard-Bellew correspondence 1901' (99 pieces). Contains correspondence regarding the future of the Cunard Company, in particular proposals to acquire the company received through Mr Bellew.

Principal correspondents include Mr David Jardine (Deputy Chairman of Cunard), Mr Cunard, Lord Inverclyde and Mr Bellew. The correspondence follows the Leyland deal with the American Shipping combine.


Trust Deeds (1899-1902)

Reference D42/Ca/6
Physical Description 1 bundle; 8 items.

Scope and Content

Trust Deeds from various associated companies:

  • The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company and Sir Thomas Sutherland, G.C.M.G and others: Trust Deed to secure £1,000,000 second debenture stock (6 May 1902)
  • Frederick Leyland & Company (1900) Ltd to The Law Guarantee and Trust Society Ltd: Trust Deed for securing debentures of the aggregate amount of £500,000 and interest, two copies (25 Jul 1900)
  • The Anchor Line (Henderson Brothers) Ltd and Sir John Neilson Cuthbertson and David McGowan, Esq: Trust Deed for securing debenture stock (3 Jul 1899, annotated 1902, draft)
  • The Booth Steamship Company (1901) Ltd to Messrs Philip H Holt & Septimus Brocklehurst: Debenture Stock Trust Deed (28 Mar 1901)
  • Elder Dempster Shipping Ltd: Issue of First Mortgage Debenture Stock; prospectus (May 1899)
  • Holder Line Ltd Issue of Cumulative preference shares, ordinary shares, and first mortgage debenture stock: Prospectus (1899)
  • The Bucknall Steamship Lines Ltd: Issue of first mortgage debenture stock, cumulative preference shares and ordinary shares; prospectus (1900)

Notebook (1900-1902)

Reference D42/Ca/7
Physical Description 1 volume.

Scope and Content

Handwritten notebook recording negotiations between the Cunard Steamship Co Ltd and the British Government. Mostly empty.


List (Nov 1905)

Reference D42/Ca/8
Physical Description 27 pages.

Scope and Content

List entitled 'Papers, etc., belonging to the late Lord Inverclyde (Hon. G A Burns) sent to the Secretary, Cunard Steamship Co Ltd, from Glasgow to be kept'. This list is not a record of all papers to be found in this section of the catalogue, however it does provide an indication of the issues with which he was dealing during the period 1901-1905.


Bundle (30 Apr-14 Jun 1901)

Reference D42/Ca/9
Physical Description 1 bundle; 27 items.

Scope and Content

Entitled 'Leyland Line Purchase by Pierpoint Morgan Syndicate May 1901'. Contains letters and newspaper extracts regarding the purchase of the Leyland Line by the International Mercantile Marine Co, led by J. P. Morgan. Chief correspondents include Lord Inverclyde, Sir William Forwood, Mr David Jardine (Deputy Chairman of Cunard), Mr Vernon H. Brown (General Agent in New York) and Mr Edward J. Berwind. Also includes annual report of Frederick Leyland and Company (1900) Ltd.


Bundle (13 Sep 1901-22 Apr 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/10
Physical Description 1 bundle; 82 items.

Scope and Content

Entitled 'Morgan Steamship Syndicate & White Star Line Purchase September 1901'. Contains letters from Mr Vernon H. Brown (General Agent in New York) in New York reporting on latest news regarding the rumoured takeover of White Star by the International Mercantile Marine Co (American Shipping Combine). Chief correspondents include Lord Inverclyde, David Jardine (Deputy Chairman of Cunard), and Vernon H. Brown. Includes news clippings.


Bundle (27 Dec 1901-4 Mar 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/11
Physical Description 1 bundle; 20 items.

Scope and Content

Entitled 'Correspondence Re: Increased protection in the design of future armed cruisers January 1902'. Contains letters between Cunard and the Admiralty regarding the proposed new fast steamers to be built by agreement between Cunard and the government. In particular they discuss the fitting of underwater steering gear. Also includes a report on the same subject, and a letter from Vickers Sons & Maxim Limited Naval Construction Works regarding armoured merchant cruisers. Stamps on letters show that this correspondence received the attention of the Shipbuilding Committee, The Executive Committee and the Cunard Board.


Bundle (3 Jan-21 May 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/12
Physical Description 1 bundle; 59 items.

Scope and Content

Entitled 'Confidential correspondence with Sir Christopher Furness March 1902'. Contains letters between Sir Christopher Furness, Lord Inverclyde and Mr William Watson regarding the approach of Sir Christopher Furness with a view to either taking control of the Cunard Company or taking over altogether. The letters also discuss negotiations regarding the future of the Cunard Company more generally. Further correspondents include Ernest Cunard, Mr A. P. Moorhouse and David Jardine (Deputy Chairman of Cunard).

Further correspondence with Sir Christopher Furness may be found at D42/Ca/22.


Bundle (4 Mar-12 Jun 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/13
Physical Description 1 bundle; 80 items.

Scope and Content

Entitled 'Confidential papers in regard to proposed sale of Cunard Shares held by the late Lord Inverclyde's Trustees March 1902'. Chief correspondents include Lord Inverclyde and Mr Timothy Warren. Agents acting for potential buyers of shares are Messrs Watson & Smith.


Bundle (8 Mar-13 May 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/14
Physical Description 1 bundle; 122 items.

Scope and Content

Entitled 'Confidential Communications with the Admiralty, March 1902'. Letters and telegraphs regarding the recent acquisition of the White Star Line by the International Mercantile Marine Company, (Trust) led by J Pierpoint Morgan, and discussing possible consequences for the Cunard Steamship Co Ltd and what action, if any, should be taken. Shows attempt to get a question asked in both Houses of Parliament to establish the exact situation. Includes discussion of proposed agreement between Cunard and the Government to build two new fast steamers and in particular the provision of an Admiralty subsidy for the subvention of vessels, the costs of building and working large, fast steamers, and the purchase of shares by non-British subjects. Chief correspondents include Lord Inverclyde, Lord Selborne (First Lord of the Admiralty) and Mr A. P. Moorhouse.


Bundle (13 Mar-12 Nov 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/15
Physical Description 1 bundle; 30 items.

Scope and Content

Entitled 'Confidential negotiations with Mr Albert Vickers, March 1902'. Confidential negotiations with Mr Albert Vickers of Vickers Sons & Maxim Ltd regarding the proposed purchase of shares in the Cunard Company. Correspondence covers the dates 13 March-25 May; 4-12 November only.


Bundle (27 Mar-8 May 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/16
Physical Description 1 bundle; 17 items.

Scope and Content

Correspondence between the Cunard Secretary's Office, Mr A. D. Mearns and the Admiralty. Letters discuss Cunard's experience of underwater steering gear and rudders in the Campania and Lucania in regards to maintenance, supervision required, repair, lead or steam pipes, noise and effect on accommodation aft, in comparison with the more usual method of fitting steering engines and gear above water. Includes memoranda of proposed scheme for building of steamers, table of Atlantic passage times, list of Cunard fleet, letters from John Brown & Co giving estimates of cost and delivery time, and annotated notes from the Merchant Cruisers Committee.


Bundle (12 Apr-1 May 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/17
Physical Description 1 bundle; 35 items.

Scope and Content

Entitled 'Confidential negotiations with Mr J. G. Wilding, April 1902'. Contains letters discussing the selling of shares and the possibility of the Cunard Steamship Co Ltd becoming part of the American shipping combine (International Mercantile Marine Co) led by J Pierpoint Morgan.


Bundle (29 Apr-1 May 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/18
Physical Description 1 bundle; 9 items.

Scope and Content

Entitled 'Interview with Mr McArthur M.P. regarding Shipping Combine, April 1902'. Contains letters that provide details of the arrangement of the meeting - they do not provide any details of the meeting itself, or of its outcome.


Letters (1-7 May 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/19
Physical Description 5 items.

Scope and Content

Entitled 'Confidential correspondence with J. D. Hewett & Co, May 1902'. (Insurance Brokers Marine-Life-Fire.


Bundle (6 Jan-1 Dec 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/20
Physical Description 1 bundle; 70 items.

Scope and Content

Correspondence regarding the possibility of Cunard being taken over by the Morgan American Shipping Combine or an agreement being reached with the British Government. Letters report on the progress of negotiations with the government including a letter highlighting the danger of Cunard being swallowed by the American shipping combine (the International Mercantile Marine Co). Letters are mostly written by Lord Inverclyde to Mr William Watson, Austen Chamberlain, Sir William Forwood, Sir Christopher Furness and Sir Ernest Cunard.


Bundle (12 Oct 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/21
Physical Description 1 bundle; 7 pieces.

Scope and Content

Letter from Lord Selborne (First Lord of the Admiralty) to Lord Inverclyde enclosing extracts from evidence given by Lord Inverclyde to the Committee on Mercantile Cruisers, 8 May-9 June 1902.


Bundle (27 May-2 Jul 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/22
Physical Description 1 bundle; 107 items.

Scope and Content

Entitled 'Confidential correspondence with Sir Christopher Furness, No. 2, May 1902'. Contains letters between Lord Inverclyde, Sir Christopher Furness, Austen Chamberlain, Gerald Balfour (Board of Trade) and Mr A. P. Moorhouse discussing negotiations taking place regarding the future of Cunard and including a circular to shareholders notifying them of this. Also includes various memoranda and statements (voyage disbursements).


Bundle (5 May-6 Jun 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/23
Physical Description 1 bundle; 5 items.

Scope and Content

Contains letters between Lord Inverclyde, Lord Camperdown and Mr A. P. Moorhouse regarding the subsidy and the cost of ships at 24 knots. Includes a statement made by the Chairman of the Liverpool Steamship Owners Association (Mr Edwin A. Beazley) regarding the Transfer of British Ships to Foreign Flags (5 May 1902).


Bundle (Jul 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/24
Physical Description 1 bundle; 24 items.

Scope and Content

Contains letters between Lord Inverclyde and the Admiralty discussing various methods by which the Admiralty could assist the Cunard Company. Also includes receipts and expenditure for some current and proposed Cunard vessels, memoranda, report and accounts 1901, and voyage disbursements.


Bundles (28 May 1902-28 Nov 1908)

Reference D42/Ca/25
Physical Description 4 bundles. Some items fragile.

Scope and Content

Correspondence and draft agreements detailing the development of the agreement between Cunard and the Government. Includes several printed copies of the Cunard Agreement, letters relating to the agreement and the special resolution required to change the memorandum of association, copies of statutory declarations in respect of transfer of shares and new steamers for the Mediterranean - New York service. Also includes details of questions asked in parliament regarding the readiness of the Lusitania and the Mauretania. There are two bundles of press clippings from the 1903-1904 period.


Bundle (3 Jul-21 Oct 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/26
Physical Description 1 bundle; 114 items.

Scope and Content

Correspondence regarding the Cunard agreement with the Government. Contains letters between Lord Inverclyde and William Watson, Gerald Balfour (Board of Trade), Mr David Jardine (Deputy Chairman of Cunard), Ernest Cunard, Sir William H. Forwood, Mr A. Booth, Mr A. P. Moorhouse, Mr Vernon H. Brown, Sir Christopher Furness. Includes a list of letters.


Bundles (13 Jun-23 Dec 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/27
Physical Description 2 bundles; 197 items. Fragile.

Scope and Content

Correspondence regarding the Cunard Agreement with the Government. Contains letters and telegrams between Lord Inverclyde (Cunard Chairman), Norman Hill (Solicitor for Cunard, Messrs Hill, Dickinson & Co, Liverpool), Gerald Balfour (Board of Trade), Ellis Cunliffe (Solicitor, Board of Trade), and Austen Chamberlain (Postmaster General). Letters discuss various clauses of the agreement between Cunard and the government to build two ships, including in particular the question of a proposed scale of penalties regarding the speed of the vessels to be built, the Post Office agreement for carriage of mails, admiralty right of inspection, insurance as well as other points covered by the agreement.


Correspondence with Gerald Balfour (Board of Trade) (9 Sep-10 Dec 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/28
Physical Description 6 files.

Scope and Content

This correspondence is divided into 6 separate parts. The first part includes a list of letters to be copied for printers.


Bundle (18 Aug-10 Sep 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/28/1
Physical Description 1 bundle; 40 items.

Scope and Content

Correspondents include Mr Norman Hill (Solicitor for Cunard), Mr A. P. Moorhouse and Gerald Balfour (Board of Trade). Includes part of a torn letter.


Bundle (9-29 Sep 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/28/2
Physical Description 1 bundle; 80 items.

Scope and Content

Correspondents include Mr Norman Hill (Solicitor for Cunard), Mr John Dickinson, Mr A. P. Moorhouse, Mr William Watson, and Mr Vernon H. Brown (General Agent in New York).


Bundle (30 Sep-13 Oct 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/28/3
Physical Description 1 bundle; 76 items.

Scope and Content

Correspondents include Ernest Cunard, Mr Norman Hill (Solicitor for Cunard), Mr A. P. Moorhouse, Mr David Jardine (Deputy Chairman of Cunard), Mr William Watson, Mr R. Ellis Cunliffe, and Mr Vernon H. Brown (General Agent in New York). Includes press cuttings and a copy of the notice sent by Lord Inverclyde to shareholders.

Letters are not arranged in chronological order.


Bundle (16 Oct-8 Nov 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/28/4
Physical Description 1 bundle; 96 items.

Scope and Content

Correspondents include Mr Norman Hill, Mr A. P. Moorhouse, William Watson, David Jardine (Deputy Chairman of Cunard), Mr Vernon H. Brown (General Agent in New York) and Ernest Cunard.


Bundle (10 Nov-10 Dec 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/28/5
Physical Description 1 bundle; 131 items.

Scope and Content

Correspondents include Mr Norman Hill, Austen Chamberlain, Mr William Watson, Mr A. P. Moorhouse, Ernest Cunard and Mr Ellis Cunliffe.


Bundle (10 Dec-3 Apr 1903)

Reference D42/Ca/28/6
Physical Description 1 bundle; 116 items.

Scope and Content

Correspondents include Mr Norman Hill, Mr A. P. Moorhouse, Mr R. Ellis Cunliffe, Mr William Watson, Mr John McAndrew.


Circular (30 Sep 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/29
Physical Description 1 item.

Scope and Content

Draft Circular as submitted to Mr Gerald Balfour and Mr Ellis Cunliffe re: concluded negotiations with Government.


Bundle (1-3 Oct 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/30
Physical Description 1 bundle; 36 pages.

Scope and Content

Entitled 'Cunard Steamship Co Ltd: Agreement with the Government. Cuttings from the London Press'. Contains newspaper cuttings from the Liverpool and the London press, including; The Liverpool Daily Post, Liverpool Courier, Standard, The Times, Daily News, Daily Telegraph, Morning Post, Daily Chronicle, St James Gazette, Pall Mall Gazette, Westminster Gazette and The Globe.


Document - Points in Question (3 Dec 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/31
Physical Description 1 item.

Scope and Content

Cunard Steamship Co Ltd: Points in Question, 3 December 1902 with notes on the matters dealt with at the interviews on 3rd, 4th and 5th December 1902.

Annotated with notes up to 10 December 1902 when sent to Mr Cunliffe.


Bundles (1902-1903)

Reference D42/Ca/32
Physical Description 2 bundles; 21 items.

Scope and Content

Papers regarding the Cunard agreement with the Government. Contains letter between Lord Inverclyde and Mr Norman Hill (Solicitor for Cunard), and Mr Vernon H. Brown (General agent in New York).

Also includes a copy of the Report of the Committee on Mercantile Cruisers (HMSO 1902), rough notes relating to shares, various memoranda, reports and accounts of Frederick Leyland & Co, issue of debentures, Cunard report and accounts, draft copies of the Trust Deed for securing debenture stock, copy of 'Observations of the Cunard Steamship Co Ltd on the alteration in the Trust Deed' (8 Mar 1903), draft copies of the Agreement (1903) and 'The Cunard Steamship Co Ltd observations on alterations in the agreement' (7-11 Mar 1903).


Documents (1902)

Reference D42/Ca/33
Physical Description 1 box.

Scope and Content

Copies and drafts of agreements, contracts and other related papers emanating from Hill, Dickinson & Co. (Liverpool) regarding the agreement with Government. Contains the following:

  • /1 Suggested clause to provide for the loss of one of the new boats (5 Dec 1902).
  • /2 Notes relating to agreement.
  • /3 Letter to Mr Hill from Mr Cunliffe regarding insurance.
  • /4 Suggested clause dealing with penalties 5 December 1902.
  • /5 Draft proposed new clause to follow clause 5.
  • /6 Rider A (Clause 4).
  • /7 Rider C (New clause 7).
  • /8 Suggested amendments as sent to Lord Inverclyde, 2 items (Oct 1902).
  • /9 Draft proposed new clauses (8 Nov 1902)
  • /10 Draft clauses (May 1903)
  • /11 Draft letter to the president (Apr 1903)
  • /12 Fourth schedule: Terms and Conditions of the mail contract.
  • /13 Draft letter to Mr Cunliffe (4 Jun 1903)
  • /14 Riders A-F.
  • /15 Copy Mail Contract.
  • /16 Agreement: Notes 'The Cunard Co Observations on the alterations in the agreement' [1903].
  • /17 Trust Deed: Notes 'The Cunard Co observations on the alterations in the agreement' (3 Mar 1903).
  • /18 Points in Question 3 December 1902: with notes on the matters dealt with at the interview on 3rd, 4th and 5th December 1902.
  • /19 Points in Question 3 December 1902.
  • /20 Points in Question 3 December 1902 with notes on the matter dealt with at the interview on 3rd, 4th and 5th December 1902.
  • /21 Agreement: Notes.
  • /22 Trust Deed Notes (3 Mar 1903).
  • /23 Draft copy of agreement, 2 items.
  • /24 The Company's observations on the alterations in the agreement and Trust Deed (7 Mar 1903).
  • /25 Agreement: Notes.
  • /26 Letter to Mr Cunliffe from Cunard Steamship Co Ltd re Trust Deed.
  • /27 Letter to Mr Hill from Mr Hill from Mr Cunliffe re Trust Deed to secure debenture stock (nd).
  • /28 Draft Copies of Trust Deed for securing Debenture Stock, 2 items.
  • /29 Draft: Further instructions to Counsel to advise Mr Palmer (7 Feb 1903).
  • /30 Points in Question (3 Dec 1902).
  • /31 Agreement: Draft notes.
  • /32 Draft notes on alterations in Trust Deed (3 Mar 1903).
  • /33 Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting, 2 items.
  • /34 Draft Instructions to Counsel to settle the proposed agreement and draft debenture trust deed: Mr Palmer.
  • /35 Instructions to Counsel to settle draft of the proposed alterations in the articles in consultation with Mr Palmer, 2 items.
  • /36 Note on proposed debenture trust deed (26 Sep 1902).
  • /37 Copy: Mr Palmer's further opinion (27 Sep 1902).
  • /38 Circular to be sent to Shareholders.
  • /39 Draft notice of meeting.
  • /40 Report and Accounts (1901).
  • /41 Draft Agreement (1902).
  • /42 Copy: Mr Palmer Further Opinion (27 Sep 1902).
  • /43 Copy Opinion (25 Sep 1902).
  • /44 Draft Special Resolutions to alter articles as settled by Mr Palmer (25 Sep 1902).
  • /45 Draft note on proposed Trust Deed (26 Sep 1902).
  • /46 Draft Further Instructions to Counsel: Mr Palmer.
  • /47 Draft Special Resolutions to alter articles showing alterations suggested by HD & Co (26 Sep 1902).
  • /48 Instructions to Counsel to advise and settle proposed alterations in the Company's Articles of Association: Mr Palmer.
  • /49 Draft circular to be sent to shareholders).
  • /50 Opinion of Mr Palmer (1902).
  • /51 Further opinion (27 Sep 1902).
  • /52 Particulars of fleet.
  • /53 Copy and draft notes for Lord Inverclyde on points to be dealt with in letter to Mr Gerald Balfour (Board of Trade), 2 items.
  • /54 Draft Agreement (1902).
  • /55 Draft letter to Lord Inverclyde, 2 items (22 Sep 1902).
  • /56 Draft notes for the Chairman on reply to Mr G Balfour.
  • /57 Proposed additional alteration of Articles as to voting, 2 items (Dec 1902).

Draft documents (1902)

Reference D42/Ca/34
Physical Description 1 bundle; 4 items.

Scope and Content

  • /1 Memorandum of interview between the Right Hon Gerald Balfour (Board of Trade) and Lord Inverclyde (7 Aug 1902).
  • /2 Draft Stock Certificate.
  • /3 Lord Inverclyde's letter to Mr Gerald Balfour (Sep 1902).
  • /4 Letter from Mr Norman Hill to Lord Inverclyde (24 Oct 1902).

Draft documents (1902)

Reference D42/Ca/35
Physical Description 1 bundle; 8 items.

Scope and Content

  • /1 Instructions to Counsel to settle the proposed Agreement and Draft Debenture Trust Deed: Mr Palmer (15 Oct 1902).
  • /2 Instructions to Counsel to settle draft of the proposed alteration in the articles of association in consultation: Mr Palmer (10 Oct 1902).
  • /3 Special resolution to alter articles as revised by Mr Palmer (27 Sep 1902).
  • /4 Special resolutions to alter articles as revised by Mr Palmer 27 September 1902 and as settled in consultation with the government council 10 October 1902.
  • /5 Mr Palmer's Further Opinion (27 Sep 1902).
  • /6 Further instructions to Counsel: Mr Palmer.
  • /7 Mr Palmer's opinion (25 Sep 1902).
  • /8 Instructions to Counsel to advise and settle proposed alterations in the Company's Articles of Association: Mr Palmer.

Draft document (1902)

Reference D42/Ca/36
Physical Description 1 item.

Scope and Content

Draft: Special Resolutions to alter articles as revised by Mr Palmer 27 September 1902 (and settled in consultation with the Government Counsel 10 October 1902).


Draft agreements (2 Dec 1902)

Reference D42/Ca/37
Physical Description 2 items.

Scope and Content

Draft agreements as altered by the Admiralty and the Board of Trade.


Cunard Agreement (1902)

Reference D42/Ca/38
Physical Description 2 items.

Scope and Content

Two copies of the agreement between Cunard and the Government - one copy has black sections to be filled in.


Bundle (1902-1903)

Reference D42/Ca/39
Physical Description 1 bundle.

Scope and Content

Contains the following papers relating to the agreement with the Government:

  • /1 Draft notice for an Extraordinary General Meeting of shareholders to be held 29 July to pass a Special Resolution to alter the articles of association (3 copies).
  • /2 Extract for the statement made by the Chairman at the Shareholder's meeting 1903.
  • /3 Letter from R P & J H Staats to Mr Vernon H Brown (General Agent in New York) regarding the cost of building and equipping Cunard sheds at Piers 51-2 (1 May 1902).
  • /4 Annotated extract of the agreement regarding the mails contract.
  • /5 Booklet entitled 'The Cunard Agreement'. Includes copy of statement made by the Chairman at the Shareholders meeting.
  • /6 Letters from Mr Norman Hill to Mr Dickinson regarding negotiations on the terms of the agreement. Discusses the creation of the government share and the passage of the agreement through government approval (Jul 1903).
  • /7 Letters from Robert Hunter to Hill, Dickinson & Co regarding mail clauses (14 Jul 1903).

Documents (1902-1903)

Reference D42/Ca/40
Physical Description 3 bundles; 22 items.

Scope and Content

Contains the following papers relating to the government agreement:

  • /1 Draft Special Resolutions to alter articles as revised by Mr Palmer, two copies (27 Sep 1902).
  • /2 Extract from the Merchant Shipping Act 1894 with notice to Shareholders 30 September 1902 regarding general terms of the agreement with the government.
  • /3 Draft Special Resolution to alter articles (25 Sep 1902).
  • /4 Declaration of ownership by individual/body corporate, registration documents.
  • /5 Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association of the Cunard Steamship Company Ltd as amended by Special Resolutions passed 1878 and 1880.
  • /6 Four draft copies of the Trust Deed for securing debenture stock.
  • /7 Copy: Lord Inverclyde: Letter to Gerald Balfour September 1902 regarding agreement.
  • /8 Copy: Memorandum of interview between the Right Honorable Gerald Balfour MP and Lord Inverclyde (7 Aug 1902).
  • /9 Draft copy of agreement as settled by Mr Palmer (1902).
  • /10 Instructions to Counsel to settle a further clause to be added to the Co's articles: Mr Palmer.
  • /11 Notes regarding third schedule.
  • /12 Trust Deed for securing debenture stock, annotated (1903).
  • /13 Rough notes regarding agreement.
  • /14 Letter from Mr William Watson to Lord Inverclyde enclosing copy of a letter from Sir William Forwood (shareholder) proposing a scheme for the future of the Cunard company within a government agreement (Jul 1902).
  • /15 Letter to Lord Selbourne (First Lord of the Admiralty) from Lord Inverclyde regarding the cost of building ships (3 Apr 1902).
  • /16 List of Elder Dempster Shipping Ltd and Beaver Lines fleets (Name, tonnage, date built, builders, horse power) 1884-1902.
  • /17 Memorandum before a meeting on 10 June 1902 giving details of Cunard fleet, and others, assets etc. (11 Jun 1902).
  • /18 Letter from Albert Vickers to Lord Inverclyde giving estimates of the cost of ships proposed to be built under terms of agreement (10-12 Jun 1902).