Thursday, 12 July 2012
Following the break-up of Standard Oil in 1911, the Standard Oil Company of New York, or Socony, was founded, along with 33 other successor companies. In 1920, the company registered the name "Mobiloil" as a trademark. Read more on Wikipedia
Lowry refers to the company's wharf in Dairen in his first novel Ultramarine when Dana Hilliot sees the wharf as he enters the port on board Oedipus Tyrannus; "he could make out the letters on the Standard Oil Company wharf, SOCONY." (Pg 29). This has future echoes of Lowry's references to the Shellburn Refinery at Burrard Inlet in October Ferry to Gabriola.