New finds and related archives

Elder Dempster Lines was one of the UK's largest shipping companies

Material continues to be donated to the Homeward Bound Project by visitors to this site. Some material is easily uploaded to our site but much of what has been donated is currently awaiting archiving and review and may be digitised in the future or held in physical form at a local archive.

Captain James Morgan Collection: Archive and Online Exhibition

In 2020, Mrs Joyce Morgan donated her husband James' collection to CPMH at LJMU.  Captain Morgan sailed with EDL during his career and amassed a collection of over 1500 items relating to EDL and his time in the Merchant Navy.  From March 2021 to May 2023, LJMU student interns Julie Cain, Jenny Cooper, Kate Hudson and Rosie Nock catalogued and digitised the items, and the collection is now held in the Special Collections and Archives at LJMU in the Aldham Robarts Library, Maryland Street, Liverpool, L1 9DE.

View the online exhibition.

View the Full Archive Catalogue Collection.

Dr Edmund Chilaka, University of Lagos, also gave a presentation at the exhibition launch entitled, 'Ocean Shipping before the Age of Flight: The Case of Elder Dempster’s Mv Aureol'. Read the abstract. A recording of the presentation will be made available on the exhibition site.

Nigerian National Shipping Line (NNSL) Online Archive

Following a visit in February 2020 by Dr Edmund Chilaka and a group of postgraduate students of the Department of Geography, University of Lagos, to LJMU’s Centre for Port and Maritime History, Dr Chilaka was inspired to set up the NNSL Online Archive – visit the Archive.

Elder Dempster Music

This music recording was collected by Andrew Ferguson who has kindly agreed to have it uploaded to our site. We think that the music could have been played on board Elder Dempster Line ships, but we have not been able to verify this. If you have any further information relating to this music recording please contact us via this website.

Listen to the music

Elder Dempster music