125th Anniversary - Crowley's Journey Through the Years

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November 2017

A Message from Tom Crowley, Chairman and CEO


In 1892, my grandfather, Thomas Crowley, bought a Whitehall rowboat and went into business for himself shuttling personnel and supplies between the San Francisco waterfront and the tall sailing ships that would anchor in San Francisco Bay. It was a very physically demanding job, requiring a strong back and arms because business was typically won by the boatman who could row out to the ships faster than his competitors. Fortunately, my grandfather was physically and mentally strong, with an unfaltering work ethic, and he won his share of business. From these humble beginnings grew the company we know today as Crowley Maritime Corporation.


In a day and age where the average lifespan of a family-owned business is 24 years, I am very proud to say that we will mark our 125th anniversary of service in 2017. The year will be filled with great celebration and reflection on what we have accomplished, and how we have grown and prospered for well over a century. By taking a look back, we can better appreciate the work, sacrifice, and entrepreneurial spirit of those who
came before us.

We invite you to take this celebratory journey with us by connecting with us on this website and social media channels as we look confidently to the future and our next 125 years of service. Read More

November 2017

Crowley 125th Anniversary

In the 1960s, Crowley supported the upstream energy industry by rafting tugboats together in Cook Inlet, Alaska, providing the necessary horsepower to position and set oil platforms. Without the high-horsepower tugs of today, Crowley proposed this effective solution to deal with the huge tidal variations and 12-knot currents in the inlet. The company also provided supply and crew boat services (pictured here).

Crowley 125th Anniversary

In 2015, Crowley broke ground on a $48.5-million construction project for a new pier at its Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The project included the development of a new 900-foot-long, 114-foot-wide concrete pier and all associated dredging needed to accommodate Crowley’s two forthcoming liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered, Commitment Class ships.

Read Tom Crowley’s 125th Anniversary letter in its entirety