Our Heritage: 1859
In 1859 Bibby Line's Venetian was the first vessel built by the Belfast shipyard Harland & Wolff. Of the first 23 ships built by the yard 18 were for the Bibby Line.
Gustav Wolff acknowledges their debt to James Bibby saying that the business would never have gone on as it had, had it not been for the friendship and assistance of James Bibby. In total the Harland & Wolff shipyard built 37 ships for Bibby Line, the last of them in 2003.