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Duncan, J. T. and Co. Ltd, ship brokers, records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DX324

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Duncan, J. T. and Co. Ltd ship brokers records

Short Title: Duncan, J. T. and Co. Ltd, ship brokers, records

Creation date(s): 1915-1975

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.08 cubic metres ( 22 volumes, 1 booklets)

Name of creator(s): J. T. Duncan and Co. Ltd


Administrative/Biographical history: John Thomas Duncan was born in Glasgow in 1855. After his family moved to Plymouth he commenced training as a shipbroker. After a short period of employment at Cherbourg, he entered the offices of Edward Earl and Company in Cardiff. In 1883 he began trading on his own account. In 1889 he entered into a partnership with Jacques Victor Valette under the name of Duncan Valette and Company. The first vessel they purchased was the Benefactor. In addition to his interest in Duncan Valette and Company, J.T. Duncan acquired a number of shares in single ship companies managed by others. This resulted in Duncan Valette and Company being appointed to represent all these vessels at Cardiff and other Bristol Channel ports. In 1895 J.V. Valette withdrew from the partnership and the company was reconstituted J.T. Duncan and Company. In 1898 J.T. Duncan acquired shares in the Shamrock Shipping Company. This led to an agreement whereby J.T. Duncan and Company became the Bristol Channel agents for the Shamrock fleet which was employed in the coal trade between south Wales and the French channel and Bay of Biscay ports. By the 1960s the south Wales coal trade was in serious decline and the company were no longer ship onwers but they continued in business as shipbrokers and forwarding agents. In September 1978 the firm passed into the hands of its former Swansea agents Stockwood, Rees and Company.


Scope and content/abstract: Chartering registers (giving names of ships, destinations etc.), 1915-1975; cargo books, 1907-1965; coal report book, 1921-1925; outgoing telegram books, 1942-1966; log books, 1950-1970; and regulations for the supply of coal to France and Italy from south Wales, 1917.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply

Finding aids: A handlist is available at the Glamorgan Record Office


Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history: The collection was donated to the South Glamorgan Library Service by J. T. Duncan and Co in 1978, before being transferred to the Glamorgan Record Office in 1983

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited at the Glamorgan Record Office by the South Glamorgan Library Service, 1983



Archivist's note: Compiled by David Morris for the ANW project. The following sources were used for compilation: Glamorgan Record Office finding aids; Companies House WebCheck website, viewed 2 June 2005; Sea Breezes: The Magazine of Ships and the Sea Vol 53 No 402 June 1979

Rules or conventions: Description follows Archives Network Wales guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: October 2004; modified September 2005

Coal trade | Wales | Cardiff
Ship brokers | Wales | Cardiff
Shipping | Wales | Cardiff

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J.T. Duncan and Co.

Cardiff (Wales)

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