Papers of Sir Gerald Elliot
Scope and Contents
- - Royal Society of Edinburgh, and Scottish Council Development and Industry
- - company structures and company responsibilities
- - companies and institutions with which Sir Gerald Elliot has been involved including the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust, The National Museums of Scotland, the Irish Fish Meal Co., Forth Ports Authority, Biotechnica, and Furness and Salvesen (Agencies) Ltd
- - a book on 'Slekten Salvesen' - the Salvesen family/genealogy
- - ship losses incurred by Salvesen, 1939-1945 war
- - fish stocks and fisheries control, and often with relevance to Salvesen
- - politics and religion, and devolution and the EMU
- - ports and transport
- - the Falklands conflict
- - the Salvesen de-merger
- - Christian Salvesen PLC - a small archive covering: a memorial service in Norway 2006; correspondence, notes and lectures; the book 'A whaling enterprise'; talks on whaling and work (Norwegian typescript) by Per Ottesen; illustrations and postal history (the Antarctic and whaling); history; and the International Whaling Commission
- - Court membership, government structure - Edinburgh University
- - status of Rectors - Edinburgh University
- - Scottish Arts Council; Arts Council of GB; Scottish Opera
- - heritage and the arts
- - printed matter relating to whaling, South Georgia, and the Salvesen Co.
- - copy of 'En sann Odysse', Svend Foyn Bruun
- - copy of 'Dr. MacIntosh's Diary 1961-1962'... south on 'Venturer'... ashore at Leith Harbour... Home by 'Harvester'
- - copy of 'Diary of Dr. MacIntosh. Antarctica, 1956-1957'
- - copy of 'South Georgia Museum. Annual Report 2012-13'
- - copy of ts paper on the ship 'Southern Harvester'... stats' and information
- - copy of 'The story of Christian Salvesen 1846-1996', by Nigel Watson
- - copy of 'Peder Mikkelsen og Svend Foyn - et 150 aars minne', Svend Foyn Bruun
- - copy of 'The status of the world's whales', by Edward D. Mitchell (pub'd by Canadian Nature Federation, and reprinted from 'Nature Canada' Vol.2. No.4. Oct-Dec 1973)
- - copy of 'Whaling 1937-1967: the International control of whale stocks', Sir Gerald Elliot, 1997 (Kendall Whaling Museum Monograph Series No.10)
- - offprint, 'Eighteenth century Nantucket whaling', by Douglass C. Fonda Jr., inscribed for Christian Salvesen & Co., for the company Library
- - offprint, 'Technological transformation in the Norwegian whaling industry in the interwar period', by Bjoern L. Basberg, 1987, inscribed for Gerald Elliot
- - offprint, 'Fischerei und walfang', by Klaus Barthelmess, inscribed by the author, and from 'Deutsches Schiffahrtsarchiv', 19/1996
- - offprint, 'Wrecks, hulks and other vessel remains at South Georgia, Falkland Islands Dependencies', by R. K. Headland
- - bundle of off-prints, papers, scraps of other ts material... copies
- - small bundle of letters (2), and photographs
- - small bundle of Canadian tourist brochures... historical sites
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Biographical / Historical
Elliot joined the family firm of Christian Salvesen and Company in 1948 and quickly became involved in its whaling operations, making his first trip to South Georgia just two months after his appointment. He slowly took over the management of the whaling fleet from his uncle, Harold Salvesen, and was involved in improving processing methods, the rationalisation of whale catches, ordering of supplies and overseeing recruitment. In 1950, he married Margaret Ruth Whale, daughter of the Rev. J. S. Whale.
Following the cessation of whaling in the 1960s Elliot became involved in Salvesen's fishing interests in South America. He retired from the company (Christian Salvesen plc) in 1988 having been its Chairman since 1981. He was knighted in 1986. His wife, Lady Elliot, has also been honoured, receiving an MBE in 1993. In October 2007, the French based transport and logistics provider Norbert Dentressangle announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire Christian Salvesen.
It has been observed that the decision of the Salvesen firm, chaired by Sir Gerald H. Elliot, to sell two disused whaling stations on South Georgia to Constantino Davidoff, an Argentinean scrap merchant, led inadvertently to the Falkland islands conflict. When an Argentinean scrap team arrived at South Georgia in March 1982 it was aboard an Argentinean warship. The Argentinean flag was raised on South Georgia and Argentinean troops seized the Falklands two weeks later.
In 1998 Sir Gerald published A Whaling Enterprise: Salvesen in the Antarctic detailing the history of Salvesen's whaling interests, the lives of whalers and the technical and economic frameworks which supported the industry. He has also written papers on the control of whaling and fishing, arts administration and economic management.
Sir Gerald Elliot has also been a Director of the Scottish Provident Institution, 1971-1989, and then Chairman 1983-1989, and Chairman of the Prince's Scottish Youth Business Trust, 1987-1994. He has been a Trustee of the National Museums of Scotland, 1987-1991, and a member of the Court, Edinburgh University, 1984-1993. He has held many other positions too in commerical and public organisations.
In addition to his knighthood awarded in 1986, Sir Gerald is also a Knight First Class of the Order of the White Rose of Finland.
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- Papers of Sir Gerald Elliot FRSE (b. 1923)
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