Our Heritage: 1850
During the 1850's the Bibby business either built or acquired 23 vessels due to the growth in steam charters.
James Bibby made the decision in 1870 to retire from the business, giving his 'loyal' employee and general manager power of attorney. However, he had his trust severely betrayed when his ambition outstripped his loyalty and he decided to give the company his own name. Fortunately, James' private yacht the Jason continued to sail under the Bibby Line flag in the Royal Yacht Squadron thus enabling the Bibby Line to continue.