The short-lived Ellerman and Bucknall Steamship company was formed in 1914 from the amalgamated shipping companies that John Ellerman has been involved in and the struggling Bucknell shipping company which Ellerman purchased in 1908, the name change finally happening in 1914. WW1 decimated the fleet and Ellerman bought another shipping company in 1916, the name being changed to Ellerman and Wilson. During WW2 60 out of 105 ships were sunk and during the containerizing of cargo in the sixties, the competition brought more changes. The musical chairs of company names continued till the Ellerman name finally died in 2004 under the ownership of Hamburg Sud.
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