125th Anniversary - Crowley's Journey Through the Years

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October 2017

A Message from Tom Crowley, Chairman and CEO

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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.

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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

October 2017

125th Anniversary

In 1958, Crowley undertook the massive transportation of 4 million board feet of lumber by barge along the U.S. West Coast. Pictured is Pacific No. 1, which was designed and built by Crowley to carry lumber on deck and petroleum products in tanks below deck.

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In 2015, Crowley joined the fight to eradicate Ebola in West Africa by providing logistics support services to the Defense Logistics Agency's Operation United Assistance (OUA), on the ground where the disease was running rampant. Pictured: An aerial view of the Gbediah Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia, a U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Terrance D. Rhodes, Joint Forces Command.

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