The Ellerman Line was formed by John Reeves Ellerman at the end of the nineteenth century. Ellerman left home at 14, and at 24 he established J. Ellerman & Co. in London; by 1893 he was appointed chair of a shipping company. Following the acquisition of various companies Ellerman Lines Ltd was formed on 22 January 1902 becoming one of the greatest shipping lines in the world. Services were offered to the Mediterranean, India, South America, andEast and South Africa as Ellerman's group grew. Ellerman Lines traded successfully through war and peace, and washeavily involved in the war effort, until the third quarter of the century when many countries gained their independence from Britain. The1960s containerization saw this once great shipping line close for good."
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