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Looking Back at our History:

125-Years of Service

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. From these humble beginnings grew the company we know today as Crowley Maritime Corporation. This 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 our 125-year anniversary page and social media channels as we look confidently to the future and our next 125 years of service.

To read the full message from Tom, click here.

To take a trip through our history to use our Interactive Timeline.

Two Men at the Helm

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This book chronicles the company’s first 100 years from 1892-1992. It is based on the recollections of Thomas Bannon Crowley Sr., Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, and other long-time employees of Crowley Maritime Corporation. All quotations cited in the text are from interviews with, or other recorded statements made by Mr. Crowley in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. This book is free to read or download for offline use. Learn more about the Crowley family business and much more information. Thank you.

In 2013, Crowley Celebrates 60 Years of Service in Alaska

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In 2013, Crowley celebrated its 60th anniversary of service to the people and businesses of Alaska. Over the years, Crowley has consistently provided unique solutions to Alaska’s logistics and marine transportation challenges. As Crowley reflects on its history of service in business development and protecting the Alaskan environment, it also sets its sights on another 60 years of growth and success. Read about the last 60 years here.

50 Years in Central America: A Celebration of Leadership, Growth and Sustainability

2011 marks the 50th anniversary of ocean cargo transportation service between the U.S. and Central America for Crowley and its predecessor CCT. During this anniversary year, Crowley reflects on its history of faithful service to the people and ports of Central America and looks forward to the next 50 years of growth and opportunity. Thank you for stopping by and visiting our history page to view all the things we’ve done over the last 125 years.

Crowley Subsidiary Jensen Maritime Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

2011 marks the 50th anniversary of naval architecture and marine engineering excellence for Jensen Maritime. For 50 years, Jensen has been a recognized leader in these fields, designing and modifying virtually every type of vessel and providing on-location marine consulting wherever needed. As Jensen reflects on its history of innovative design and service, it also sets its sights on another 50 years of growth and success.

60 Years of Service in Puerto Rico

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In 2014, Crowley celebrated its 60th anniversary of service to the people and businesses of Puerto Rico. Through the years, Crowley has continuously served the needs of people shipping cargo between “La Isla del Encanto” Puerto Rico and the United States mainland. To learn more about these decades of success and prosperity in Puerto Rico, and Crowley’s future commitment to the Island, click here.

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Crowley Oral Histories

 

Thomas Crowley: Recollections of the San Francisco Waterfront

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s founder provides an oral history of his memories growing up and building a company on the San Francisco waterfront, in an interview conducted by Karl Kortum, founder of what is now the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, and Willa Klug Baum, internationally respected oral historian.

The digital version, housed at the University of California, Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, can be accessed here.

 

Thomas B. Crowley: San Francisco Bay Tugboats to International Transportation Fleet

A look at the continued growth of Crowley Maritime Corporation from the perspective of Thomas B. Crowley, whose oral account takes off where his father’s left off in Recollections of the San Francisco Waterfront.

The digital version, housed at the University of California, Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, can be accessed here.