linked both financially and commercially with the Liverpool
based firm of Alfred Holt & Company, better known as the Blue
Funnel Line, which passed on to Straits the blue colour which formed the base of its ships? funnels.
The corporate history of Straits Steamship and its
subsidiaries, the Eastern Shipping Company of Penang, Kheng
Seng Steamship of Malacca, The Sarawak Steamship Company of
Kuching, the Sabah Steamship Company of Sandakan and the Ho
Hong Steamship Company of Singapore, were admirably recorded
in K. G. Tregonning's seminal work "Home Port Singapore"
published in 1967. Because that history did not deal in detail
with the ships themselves, an endeavour to fill that gap was
made with the publication in 1976 of ?The Straits Steamship
Fleets" by W.A. Laxon and the late R.K. Tyers.
Much more information has since come to light, and this new
and completely re-written account of the Straits Steamship
Fleets not only incorporates those details, and covers the
subsequent 30 years, but also marks the departure from
shipowning of Straits' parent, the Keppel Group, and the
pending 130th anniversary of the now independent The Sarawak
Steamship Company in 2005.
This book contains 186 pages and more than 90 photographs,
documents and illustrations.
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