Shaw, Savill & Albion Line

Shaw, Savill & Albion Line was the trading name of Shaw, Savill and Albion Steamship Company, a British shipping company that operated ships between Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand.[1][2][3]

Shaw, Savill & Albion Line
SuccessorFurness, Withy Co. Ltd.


The company was created in 1882 by the amalgamation of Shaw, Savill and Company and Albion Line.[3]

At the annual shareholders' meeting of the company on 12 April 1892, profits for the year of £35,270 16s 2d were announced.[4]

In 1928, White Star Line bought 18 Shaw, Savill and Albion ships.[5] In 1932 Shaw, Savill and Albion took over Aberdeen Line, and in 1933 Furness, Withy Co., Ltd. acquired control of Shaw, Savill and Albion.[6] In 1934 White Star merged with Cunard Line and gave up its routes to Australia and New Zealand, selling assets including the liners Ionic and Ceramic to Shaw, Savill and Albion.

In 1936, Shaw, Savill and Albion announced plans to sell Ionic.[7] She was scrapped in 1936 or 1937 in Osaka, Japan. In 1939 the company introduced a new flagship, the 27,155 GRT QSMV Dominion Monarch. Her unique initials stood for "Quadruple Screw Motor Vessel". She was joined in 1955 by a new flagship, the 20,204 GRT Southern Cross. The 24,731 GRT Northern Star replaced Dominion Monarch in 1962. As the scheduled liner trade declined, the company laid up the Southern Cross in 1972, initially in the Port of Southampton, and after 6 months she sailed to the River Fal for further lay up until being sold to Greek interests in 1973; after a major transformation she reappeared as the Calypso. With the company losing money and the oil crisis of 1973 having a major affect on the company a decision was made to withdraw the Northern Star and the Ocean Monarch from service in 1975, with both ships being sold to Taiwanese breakers. The Northern Star was only 13 years old when she was scrapped; with a long history of mechanical problems, there was no potential purchaser of the vessel.

As noted, in E. M. C. Barraclough's book Flags of the World (ISBN 978-0723220152), a variation of the flag used by the United Tribes of New Zealand was used by the Shaw, Savill & Albion Line as its company flag.



  1. De Kerbrech 1986.
  2. Waters 1961, p. 157.
  3. "Shaw Savill & Albion Line (Est. 1882)". The Ocean Liner Virtual Museum. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  4. "Shaw, Savill & Albion Company". The Evening Post. Wellington, NZ. 16 June 1892. p. 4. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  5. "White Star Gets 18 Ships; Shaw, Savill & Albion Steamers Acquired by English Line". The New York Times. 29 March 1928. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  6. "Essendon Obtains Another Ship Line; Chairman of Furness-Withy Gets Control of the Shaw, Savill & Albion Co. Possesses Record Fleet. Transportation Leader Now Guides More Than Forty Shipping and Affiliated Companies". The New York Times. 22 May 1933. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
  7. "Ionic's Last Trips In Pacific Recall 33-Year Service". Christian Science Monitor. 9 September 1936. Retrieved 3 November 2012. Announcement by the Shaw Savill & Albion Company that the liner Ionic is to be sold at the end of this year recalls the 50 years of the history of direct steam service between New Zealand and the homeland.


  • Bell, Andrew; Robinson, Murray (2011). Shaw Savill's Magnificent Seven: Corinthic, Athenic, Ceramic, Gothic, Persic, Runic, Suevic. Preston, Lancashire: Ships in Focus. ISBN 9781901703603.
  • Bowen, Frank Charles (1939). The Flag of the Southern Cross: The History of Shaw Savill & Albion Co. Limited, 1858-1939. Liverpool: Shaw, Savill & Albion Co. OCLC 31641836.
  • Bowen, Frank Charles (1947). The Flag of the Southern Cross: The History of Shaw Savill & Albion Co. Limited, 1939-1945. London: Shaw, Savill & Albion Co. OCLC 248911566.
  • Bryant, Sir Arthur (1957). One Hundred Years under the Southern Cross: Shaw Savill Line. London: Shaw, Savill & Albion. OCLC 963707882.
  • De Kerbrech, Richard P. (1986). Shaw Savill & Albion: The Post-War Fortunes of a Shipping Empire. London: Conway Maritime Press. ISBN 0851773931.
  • De Kerbrech, Richard P. (1992). The Shaw Savill Line: Images in Mast, Steam and Motor. Ship Pictorial series. Coltishall, Norfolk: Ship Pictorial Publications. ISBN 0951603833.
  • Savill, David (1986). Sail to New Zealand: The Story of Shaw Savill & Co., 1858-82. London: Robert Hale. ISBN 0709028091.
  • Spong, Henry C; Osborne, Richard H (2011). Shaw, Savill & Albion: A Fleet History - incorporating the Albion Line; Shaw, Savill & Company; John Leslie; Walter Savill and his ships, Crusader Shipping Company; Aberdeen & Commonwealth Line. Windsor: World Ship Society. ISBN 9780956076939.
  • Waters, Sydney D. (1961). Shaw Savill Line: One Hundred Years of Trading. Christchurch, New Zealand: Whitcombe and Tombs. LCCN 62035767.
  • "Shaw, Savill & Company, London / Albion Line, Glasgow / John Leslie & Partners, Aberdeen / Shaw, Savill & Albion Line". Retrieved 3 November 2012.

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