I refer to A G Dean’s letter in the October 2018 issue of Sea Breezes.
There was always a strong connection between Ocean Fleets and Elder Dempster. This included members of the Holt family such as Richard and Laurence having a hands on period in guiding Elder Dempster’s fleet. It was also not unusual for Blue Funnel ships to go into Elder Dempster colours with change of name or even with retention of the Blue Funnel name as follows; Ascanius – Akosombo, Menelaus – Mano, Machaon – Obuasi, Stentor – Owerri, Maron – Opobo.
The Lycaon and Antilochus retained Holt names, while in the 1970s, ten Elder Dempster vessels were operating under Holt management. They jointly shared enterprise, including building ships and in training Midshipmen and other trainees, in Liverpool, at their in-house school and accommodation block, catering for up to 280 students. I remember in the 1950s, staying in Odyssey House.
As regards to Nestor, if it were a joint enterprise, they may have flown the ED House flag, but usually on trials, the builder’s yard might have flown their flag there as well.
Lastly, in the case of both Nestor and Neleus, they transferred to Glen Line, owned by Holts, the latter as Glenaffric and Neleus retaining her name. It was ironic that in building a new Nestor, an LNG carrier and a sister, that were ahead of their time which hastened the collapse of the Ocean Fleets empire.
Co Cork, Ireland