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Bibby Brothers and Co

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April 1928.
September 1928.
November 1930.
November 1935.
May 1939.

The Bibby line.

1872 The partnership owning John Bibby and Sons ended; the Bibby family sold their shipping interests to F. R. Leyland.

1889 The Bibby family returned to the shipping business when they started Bibby Brothers Ltd. which later changed its name to the Bibby Steamship Company. It worked in partnership with Paddy Henderson’s British and Burmese Steam Navigation Co providing passenger services to Burma, cruises in the Mediterranean, and troop transports.

1891 Services in large steamships to Burmah, Ceylon, and Southern India. The steamers carried French and Egyptian Mails between Marseilles and Egypt, and between Suez and Colombo, and supplementary English Mails between Rangoon and Colombo and England.

1931 The name of the shipping company was changed to the Bibby Line Ltd.

1933 Bibby Brothers and Co, of Martins Bank Building, Liverpool, were bankers and shipowners[1]

After WW2 shipping services to India and Burma declined.

The company went into bulk carriers and LPG transport.

1955 Following the example of other shipping companies, Bibby Line formed an alliance with an independent airline - Skyways - to increase the capital available to that company which would take over operation of 4-engined aircraft on long distance services from its associated company Lancashire Aircraft Corporation which would restrict itself to internal flights[2]

1962 Troop transportation services ended

1965 Passenger services ended.

The company joined Seabridge and took over the Bristol City Line in 1971.

Bibby Line Ltd are still in business, operating from the Isle of Man. They own chemical and gas carriers and accommodation vessels.

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Sources of Information

  1. The London Gazette 24 February 1933
  2. The Times, Mar 02, 1955