The British Shipping Controller or, more accurately, simply the Shipping Controller was a post created by the Lloyd George Coalition Government in 1916 under the New Ministries and Secretaries Act (6 & 7 George 5 c.68) to regulate and organize merchant shipping in order to supply the United Kingdom with the materials to fight the war following severe losses.
|Shipping Controller of Ministry of Shipping|
|Appointer||Lloyd George Coalition Government|
|Constituting instrument||New Ministries and Secretaries Act 1916|
|Formation||10 December 1916|
|First holder||Sir Joseph Maclay|
|Final holder||Lord Pirrie|
The first Shipping Controller was Sir Joseph Maclay, later Baron Maclay who was appointed on 10 December 1916.
The second Shipping Controller was Lord Pirrie from 1918.
- Hurwitz, Samuel J (15 Oct 2013). "Chapter XI - The "Jugular Vein": Shipping". State Intervention in Great Britain: Study of Economic Control and Social Response, 1914-1919. Routledge. p. 194. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
- "British Shipping Controller - Count Dohna and His SeaGull". Smsmoewe.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22.