Bibby Liner Mv Staffordshire Travel Postcard
James S Mann
Bibby Liner MV Staffordshire Travel Postcard, The Bibby Line was founded in 1807 by the first John Bibby (1775–1840). It has operated in most areas of shipping throughout its 200-year history, and claims to be the oldest independently owned deep sea shipping line in the world. Along with other British ship owners, it endured hard economic conditions in the 1970s and 1980s, but survived through diversification into floating accommodation. The group diversified in the 1980s into separate divisions, including Bibby Financial Services which was formed in 1982. The parent company is now called Bibby Line Group, and is a £800 million global business, operating in 14 countries, employing 4,000 people in sectors including retail, financial services, distribution, shipping, marine and infrastructure.
In 2002 Sir Derek Bibby, 2nd baronet, and great-great-grandson of the founder and past chairman and president of the firm, was aged 80 and terminally ill with leukaemia. He committed suicide at home on 9 October 2002 by taking the poison aluminium phosphide. Hours later the poison caused his body to emit dangerous fumes that forced the evacuation of Arrowe Park Hospital where his body was being held.
February 8th, 2021
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