Lloyd's List

Lloyd's List

to negotiate insurance coverage for trading vessels. The newspaper survives today to fulfil a similar purpose, although its circulation is now international, both paper and web-based, and it appears daily. As well as shipping news, "Lloyd's List" today covers marine insurance, offshore energy, logistics, global trade and law [ [http://www.lloydslist.com/ll/home/about.htm;jsessionid=52A435799CEB91797A90B20CEB94272C Lloyd's List - Home ] ] . It boasts that for the shipping industry, the paper is "sometimes its conscience, too". Its timely international casualty reports, however, continue to be one of the paper's most important features, and are updated frequently in the Internet edition.


Predecessor publications are known. One historian, Michael Palmer, claims: "No later than January 1692, Lloyd began publishing a weekly newsletter, "Ships Arrived at and Departed from several Ports of England, as I have Account of them in London ... [and] An Account of what English Shipping and Foreign Ships for England, I hear of in Foreign Ports" [ [http://www.mariners-l.co.uk/ResLloydsList.html Lloyd's List ] ] . However, claims that "Lloyd's List" is the oldest or second-oldest continuously published newspaper in the world are disputed. The World Association of Newspapers lists three earlier, extant titles [ [http://www.wan-press.org/article2823.html WAN - Oldest newspapers still in circulation ] ] .

A copy of the 22 December 1696 edition, number 257, survives and is reproduced in McCusker, John J.: "European Bills of Entry and Marine Lists: Early Commercial Publications and the Origins of the Business Press," Part II: British Marine Lists and Continental Counterparts." [Harvard Library Bulletin, 31, No. 4 (Fall 1983), p. 318, Fig. 5.] Publication was weekly until March 1735, when it increased to semi-weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays according to Palmer. A rival "New Lloyd's List" was launched in 1769, in conjunction with the New Lloyd's Coffee House in Pope's Head Alley [Directory of Lloyd's of London; Sturge, Charles and Carruthers, Oliver, Editors. 1996, Chatset & Ocarina Publishing group Ltd, ISBN 0 951111698] , which, with the newspaper, evolved into the institutions known today. The paper went daily on 1 July 1837, and was published every day but Sunday. In July 1884 "Lloyd's List" was merged with the "Shipping and Mercantile Gazette".

According to "Directory of Lloyd's and London Insurance Market" ["ibid"] , a publication dubbed "Lloyd's News" was first published by Edward Lloyd in 1696, the earliest extant copy of which is dated 1701. This source reports that "The List" was established as a regular weekly publication by Edward Lloyd in 1734.

In 1914 ownership of The List was transferred to the Corporation of Lloyd's, which was incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1871. In 1973 it was transferred to a division, Lloyd's of London Press Ltd, and subject to a management buy-out in 1995 to become LLP Ltd. In 1998 LLP merged with IBC Group plc to form Informa plc, which continues to edit and publish "Lloyd's List" in Mortimer Street, London.

Over the years, Lloyd's List spawned several spin-off titles, including "Insurance Day" and "Energy Day", both of which continue to be published. In 2002, a long tradition came to an end when the journal ceased to refer to ships as "she", adopting the neutral word "it" instead.


At 11 September 2007, senior staff included:Editor: Julian BrayExecutive Editor: Christopher MayerDeputy Editor: Neville Smith News Editor: Roger Hailey Chief Executive, Publishing: Graham MeikleMarkets Reporter: Jamie Dale

"Lloyd's List" names correspondents in 17 countries.

External links

* [http://www.lloydslist.com/ Lloyd's List]
* [http://www.mariners-l.co.uk/ResLloydsList.html/ Michael Palmer's Lloyd's List history page]
* [http://www.lloydsmiu.com/lmiu/ Lloyd's MIU]


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