Shore Porters Society

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The Shore Porters Society is a removals, haulage and storage company based in Aberdeen, Scotland, established in 1498.[1]

The company originated as a group or co-operative of porters working in Aberdeen Harbour. In 1666 two trading units were founded, the General Haulage Department or Horse and Van Department, and the Property and Warehousing Department which provided for retired and sick members. Until the mid 19th century the society was controlled by Aberdeen Town Council. It is now a private partnership controlled by six partners, six retired members and two widows.[2]

The Society also operates under the trading name of Rumsey & Son from Richmond-upon-Thames, which was originally a family business founded in 1921. The Shore Porters Society acquired the firm in 1992 as a domestic remover in Southwest London.


  1. ^ Gordon, George (1970). The Shore Porters' Society of Aberdeen, 1498-1969. Alex. P. Reid & Son. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-900961-01-4.
  2. ^ Shore Porters Society website: History

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