Everard and Sons Ltd. was one of the biggest names in British and European coastal shipping, with a fleet of over 450 owned, managed and chartered craft, including sailing, steam and motor ships plus tugs and harbour craft. 

Based at Greenhithe on the Thames, where it had its own repair and rebuilding facilities, Everard coasters traded to Europe and sometimes beyond. In addition to the fleet of steam motor-driven dry cargo craft and tankers, Everard also had a significant tug fleet.

During the Second World War the company’s ships were engaged in the evacuation  from Dunkirk, the Norwegian campaign, many English Channel and North Sea convoys, the D-Day landings and the Liberation of Europe.

Although the placing of fleet insurance and dealing with the London P&I Club calls had carried on for many years, the business was put on an official footing when Everard Insurance Services Ltd. was incorporated in 1969. This enabled the company to diversify into motor, domestic and other forms of insurance.

Following the change in the laws concerning insurance broking in 1996 the company name was changed to Everard Insurance Brokers Ltd. The business moved first to Dartford and, following the parent company’s purchase by Fisher in 2006, remained there until moving to West Malling in 2010.

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