Britainâ€™s Oldest Shipping Company, Stephenson Clarke Shipping, in Liquidation
In 1730, the third year of the reign of King George II, two brothers, Ralph and Robert Clarke,Â bought shares in a 300-ton sailing vessel. TheirÂ enterpriseÂ would becomeÂ Stephenson Clarke Shipping, which in recent yearsÂ has specialized in the shipment of short sea bulkÂ cargoes. Â Last week,Â Stephenson ClarkeÂ filed for liquidation.Â In 2008, theÂ companyÂ operated a fleet of ten bulk carriers. By the end of 2011, the fleet had been reduced to two. On Thursday of last week, the last ship was sold.Â Stephenson Clarke, the oldest shipping company in Great Britain,Â becomes part of history.