Shipping Controller

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Shipping Controller of Ministry of Shipping
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Appointer Lloyd George Coalition Government
Constituting instrument New Ministries and Secretaries Act 1916
Formation 10 December 1916
First holder Sir Joseph Maclay
Final holder Lord Pirrie
Abolished 1921

The British Shipping Controller or, more accurately, simply the Shipping Controller was a post created by the Lloyd George Coalition Government in 1916 under the New Ministries and Secretaries Act (6 & 7 George 5 c.68) to regulate and organize merchant shipping in order to supply the United Kingdom with the materials to fight the war following severe losses.[1][2]

Shipping Controllers[edit]

The first Shipping Controller was Sir Joseph Maclay,[1] later Baron Maclay who was appointed on 10 December 1916.[2]

The second Shipping Controller was Lord Pirrie from 1918.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Hurwitz, Samuel J (15 Oct 2013). "Chapter XI - The "Jugular Vein": Shipping". State Intervention in Great Britain: Study of Economic Control and Social Response, 1914-1919. Routledge. p. 194. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "British Shipping Controller - Count Dohna and His SeaGull". Retrieved 2014-03-22. 
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