Elder Dempster Lines - rmmv Aureol


Here are a few pages of a wonderful site dealing with the Elder Demster Lines. The ship is the AUREOL… flagship of EDL.

Elder Dempster Lines was one of the UK’s largest shipping companies, and during its 150 year history it operated more than 500 ships. Based in the historic port of Liverpool it was the major shipping line to serve West Africa. As well as its cargo ships Elder Dempster Lines operated three liners on a scheduled service to Ghana and Nigeria.

It employed many people, from its seagoing staff to those personnel in its UK offices and Elder Dempster Agency branches in West Africa. The company had its own Cadet Department to train the deck, engineer, purser, and catering officers of the future. There was a cadet training ship, and Elder Dempster Lines was the first British shipping company to open a purpose-built cadet residential establishment.

These sites tell something of the story of EDs in the 1960s when the company was at its postwar peak.

They provide a snapshot – literally – of the ships, ports, and crews in those heady days, when so many followed a tradition and went to sea. They show a time and a way of life which has gone forever.

Aureol Aureol
Accra Accra and Apapa
Swedru other ED ships
ship cards ship cards
from and to from and to
miscellany miscellany
ephemera ED ephemera
times past earlier ED liners
more ships more ships



About Michael L. Grace

During the mid-80s, Michael Grace worked as a writer on the TV Hit Series THE LOVE BOAT. He wrote many of the two hour special featuring great stars of the past, including Lana Turner, Claire Trevor, Anne Baxter, Ethel Merman, Alexis Smith, etc. The public’s access to these stars, in familiar dramas and comedies, made them want to go on a cruise. They could see the stars in an ordinary world as “regular” people. The phenomenally successful series was responsible for creating the cruise industry as we know it today. By the time he was writing for Love Boat, the great steamship companies and their liners were flying hand me down foreign flags, painted like old whores, scrapped or doing three day cruises to the Bahamas. He had sailed on over thirty ships and liners with his parents, aunt and grandmother in late 50s to early 70s. The very successful CRUISING THE PAST website has been an outgrowth of Michael’s strong interest in cruise and social history. Drawing on his own knowledge and a vast maritime and social history collection, he is able to produce a very successful website. Michael is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. He has written for television and films. Read more by going to "About" (on the above dashboard) and clicking "Editor"…