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Firmly established over 175 years
Ship’s master William Schaw Lindsay establishes himself as a shipbroker and commission agent at 35, Abchurch Lane, City of London.
The firm embarks on shipbuilding, commissioning the Alipore, Barrackpore, Cossipore and more to carry supplies to war, and passengers to the Antipodes.
War breaks out in Crimea. WS Lindsay provides ships to both the British and French governments.
James Galbraith, head of P Henderson & Co which owns the Irrawaddy Flotilla Company, joins as senior partner. The firm becomes Galbraith, Pembroke & Co.
The Suez Canal opens, and company broker Edward Pembroke fixes the charter party for the first steamer passing through.
Marcus Samuel, founder of Shell, charters a Galbraith, Pembroke & Co ship, the Malvern, for a whole cargo of oil.
Edward Pembroke becomes one of the guarantors to build the Murex, the first bulk-oil tanker to sail through the Suez Canal.
WW1 sees the loss of several Galbraith, Pembroke ships. The names of the seamen are inscribed on memorials in Tower Hill.
John Gibson Graham and Frederick Seal set up the tanker broking department, an unusual step for the times.
After a merger with Matthews Wrightson, the firm – led by Gordon Parham – becomes known as Galbraith’s, with a reputation as one of the London’s top shipbrokers.
The firm’s comprehensive training course – still a world leader today– is launched with the Department of Maritime Studies at Plymouth Polytechnic (later Plymouth University).
Staff from Galbraith’s are seconded to work in Anglo-Eastern, Hong Kong, on sale & purchase deals.
Galbraith’s is purchased by merchant bank Samuel Montagu, which in turn is bought by Midland Bank a year later.
Galbraith’s directors purchase the company in a management buyout and the firm became independent once more.
As technology revolutionises global communications over the next decade, the tanker department at Galbraith’s become the firm’s busiest department.
An unprecedented boom in shipping brings record amounts of business and money to the industry.
The company opens an office in Shanghai, consolidating its footing in the Asian market three years later with the creation of a Singapore office.
Bjorn Andersen is appointed CEO of Galbraith’s.
Expansion of international operations continues, with the opening of a New Delhi office that’s followed three years later by a permanent presence in Oslo.
Galbraith’s launches into the US market, opening offices in Houston, Texas, and Stamford, Connecticut.
The Journey Continues
The dry cargo chartering division at Galbraiths is staffed by our experienced brokers, able to handle all vessel types including those in specialist sectors such as roll-on roll-off (RORO) and heavy lift carriers.