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Sir Thomas Sutherland (1834-1922), Chairman of P&O.

Sir Thomas Sutherland (1834-1922), Chairman of P&O.
Sir Thomas Sutherland (1834-1922), Chairman of P&O.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Description: After graduating from university, Sutherland joined the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company in China, where he was involved in the construction of the Hong Kong docks. He soon realised that with trade booming - 70% of which was in opium - there was a need for a trade bank and in March 1865 he opened the Hong Kong Bank. He later returned to Britain and was Managing Director and later Chairman of P&O, guiding P&O's fortunes for 42 years.
Creator: Carlo Pellegrini [artist]; Vincent Brooks [engraver]; Day & Son [engravers]
Date: 22 October 1887
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
National Maritime Museum/Royal Observatory GreenwichNew Opportunities Fund 
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