An archive of the Elder Dempster Lines
Homeward Bound: A Liverpool-West Africa Heritage
Elder Dempster Lines was one of the UK’s largest shipping companies. As part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Homeward Bound project, we’ve spoken to a number of Elder Dempster’s former employees and passengers, recording their ‘real’ stories and experiences. You can listen to their Elder Dempster stories on the Interviews and memoirs page.
Jo Stanley provides a great introduction to the Homeward Bound project in Nautilus – the magazine of the Merchant Navy Association (article has been reproduced through the kind permission of Nautilus).
In the 50s and 60s, Elders employed over 4,000 people
Elders carried varying cargo, from cement to cocoa
In WWII, Elders lost 478 of its sea-going staff