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Smith Imossi & Co. Ltd (Gibraltar)

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[Smith Imossi & Co. Ltd (Gibraltar)]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 28 Jul 2010

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Smith Imossi & Co. Ltd is a shipping agency at Gibraltar. From the 'About Us' section of its website, presenting the firm (edited):

"in 1837 (...) William James Smith, the son of a Dublin Barrister (became an agent) for the Peninsular Steam Navigation Company, the precursor to P&O. A few months later he started his own business.

Since its inception in 1837, the company's principal business has been that of Shipping Agents and, in the days of steam, coal merchants. (...)

In 1859 the founder's son, William Henry Smith, took Francis Imossi into partnership and the company was renamed Smith Imossi & Co., until in 1948 the firm was made into a limited liability company. However since 1859 to the present, the two familes have conducted the firm's business.

Smith Imossi is a Lloyd's Agent since 1884 and acts for other insurance companies as well. Further services include bunkering, crew changes (two motor launches are operated), cruise liner agencies including tour programmes, and customs clearance. The freighter "General Boyd" was operated 1891-1899; see "Skramstad (II)" on this page. This ship may have replaced "General Eliott," wrecked while carrying coal, in 1891 (built 1882).

The house flag, shown as a drawing on the site, is white bearing a blue diamond (not touching the edges) with two white initials, no serifs, "SI". The real item unfortunately does not appear in this photo.

It appears the firm is quite separate from Lucas Imossi Shipping. Also there is no clear link with Slovenia :)

Jan Mertens, 20 Jul 2010