Elder Dempster Lines

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.


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

Heritage Lottery Fund