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How to build a shipowner

Modern day mergers and acquisitions might not have the same drama as the adventures of a nineteenth century shipowner, but it’s the way forward to grow a company-and still makes a great story, writes our special correspondent

A television series based on a shipping company, comprising over 90 episodes running over nine seasons? Such a pitch is unlikely to have much chance of being commissioned in the modern era, even from the mighty Netflix, but 50 years ago The Onedin Line provided compelling Sunday night viewing for millions of Britons. The long running drama followed the fortunes of a swashbuckling and ambitious Liverpool shipowner, Captain James Onedin and his eponymous company in a tale set in 19th ce...

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