Amongst our stable is Lancashire’s wonderful West Tower, once home to the Holt family, owners of one of the great British shipping companies – the Blue Funnel Line.
With a mix of commercial derring-do and a fair dollop of gumption, these folk built a business that spanned the globe and reinforced the might of Britain’s empire.
The Holts were vital to our war effort, lending the nation their entire fleet during both world wars, keeping export markets alive whilst delivering supplies, munitions and troops across submarine-infested waters. They lost 16 ships in the First World War and 30 in the Second. The family and their brave crews played a key role in keeping Britain afloat during those dark days.
In spite of these tribulations the Holts remained an enlightened bunch and were the world’s first shipping line to employ female engineers and, latterly, deckhands, who served aboard throughout the Second World War – notably the famous Victoria Drummond, engineer on the Perseus.
This fine golden ale is in honour of those doughty lasses without whom we would not be the free and sovereign nation we are today. We doff our caps to them and to the Holts – thank you all, for we never forget the debt we owe you.