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Marconi International Marine Communication Co

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1925. Marconi V4 Broadcast Receiver.
1925. Marine Transmitting and Receiving Apparatus.

Provider, installer and operator of ship radio/telegraph installations, of Electra House, Victoria Embankment, London, WC2.

1900 Company founded

1900 Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co's maritime rights were sold to the Marconi International Marine Communication Co [1]

1906 Took over the operation of its telegraphs[2]

1924 Wireless equipment for the mercantile marine etc. By Marconi International Marine Communication Co. [3]

1924 The Marconi stand at the Palace of Engineering represented Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co, Marconi International Marine Communication Co, Marconiphone Co, Marconi Scientific Instrument Co[4]

1924 Godfrey Charles Isaacs retired as managing director and deputy chairman of the boards of directors. He was succeeded by F. G. Kellaway.[5]

1928 The Radio Communication Company was merged with Marconi in an international marine radio communication organization which supplied equipment and personnel to the merchant navies of several countries, Imperial and International Communications Ltd.

1946 The holding of Cable and Wireless in Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co was acquired by English Electric Co[6]. As well as the whole of the share capital in Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Co, this also gave English Electric 42% of Marconi International Marine Co[7].

1965 Marconi acquired Eddystone Radio from Stratton and Co, which wanted to exit the radio business.

c.1968 The company name was changed by dropping the word "Communication", to reflect the fact that the products offered to the Marine market (which included depth sounders, direction finders, radars, CCTV equipment, SRE products) were not adequately described by the original title[8] - see Marconi International Marine Co

Now known as SELEX Elsag Marine Division.

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Sources of Information

  1. The Stock Exchange Year Book 1908
  2. Obituary of Andrew Gray
  3. 1924 Naval Annual Advert pii
  4. The Times, May 24, 1924
  5. The Engineer 1924/11/21
  6. The Times, 26 April 1946
  7. The Times, 20 July 1946
  8. Marconi's purchase of Eddystone [1]