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August 10, 2012

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The most ancient British shipowning company is placed in liquidation

The Stephenson Clarke, founded in 1730, had yielded the last ship of the fleet to July

It is not one of world-wide the shipowning colossus to throw in the towel defeated by the economic crisis, but it is however a navigation society that has marked the history of the marine transport. Draft of the Stephenson Clarke Shipping Limited (SCS) of Newcastle upon Tyne that is the most ancient British shipowning society being constituted in 1730 when the siblings Ralph and Robert Clarke invested in a ship of 300 tons and when - the company emphasizes with pride - King Giorgio II by themselves sat on the throne of England three years.

Recently the historical English company operated a fleet of rinfusiere that progressively it has sold yielding the last ship, Newcastle, last July. Now the company is placed in liquidation.

Nei its 282 years of life the Stephenson Clarke has not always navigated in calm waters and has faced many of the challenges and the difficulties that have put to the test the shipowning industry in the course almost three centuries. However a spokesman of the company in a declaration to the Reuters news agency has granted that the current economic crisis is one of gets worse experimented from years and that a resumption before 12-18 is not attended months. A period that this time for Stephenson Clarke represents a wide distance too much to climb over.




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