The Business Interests of Sir James Caird of Glenfarquhar, Bt (1864-1954)
Sir James Caird, the major benefactor behind the Save The Victory campaign and the purchase of the Macpherson Collection for the National Maritime Museum, left very few personal documents from which his early years can be studied. After experience in the Far Eastern trade, Caird became manager of the Elderslie Steam Ship Company importing frozen meat from New Zealand. His interests widened to encompass monthly departures from Britain to Australia and New Zealand carrying general cargo or emigrants and returning with frozen meat. During the war Caird built a dockyard in the Bristol Channel in which he built dry cargo ships. Caird was also involved in the Argentinian frozen-meat trade, with the advantage that he owned the refrigerated ships.