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The Albion Shipping Company

In 1860 P Henderson & Company of Glasgow were trading with Burma, but business was expanding at such a fast rate that  new capital was required. New partners brought in and  the Albion Shipping Company was formed as ship owners with their vessels managed by Henderson. Albion became the dominant British company in the New Zealand trade and held the Royal Mail contract. The Suez Canal opened in 1869, making coal more economic on the Burma run, and in 1870 Henderson started a steamboat service between Glasgow, Liverpool and Burma. In 1874 the British & Burmese Steam Navigation Company Ltd was formed.

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