John Good 180 Years


In the year 1813 a young boy of 11 left his Scarborough home and ‘signed on’ to the sailing brig “British Volunteer”, to begin a life-time association with the sea and shipping.

Over the next 20 years John Good developed his seagoing experience on sailing ships trading in the Baltic, White Sea and Mediterranean, before finally gaining his Master’s Certificate.

In 1833 he returned to England and set up an office in Hull, founding John Good & Co. as Ship Chandlers, Agents and Brokers, utilising the connections he had built up with Baltic and Finnish ship owners.

John developed the company over the next 30 years, expanding into owning his own ships. After retiring in 1864, two of his sons continued to run the company, and in 1883, John Good & Sons obtained its first regular liner agency, for the Finnish Steamship Company’s new cargo and passenger services between Finland and Hull. The development of this Finnish trade helped the company to prosper, and in 1908, the company became a private limited company, John Good & Sons Ltd.

After this, progress was hampered by a series of fires and the national strikes at the beginning of the 20th century and compounded by two World Wars. The wars disrupted the shipping lines to Finland and the Baltic, and damage from the German bombing of Hull destroyed several working premises.

After the Second World War, the company rebuilt, and gained new agencies from across Europe during the 1950s. During the second half of the century, John Good & Sons expanded and kept at the forefront of the industry, adapting quickly to developments such as palletisation, containerisation and ro-ro. In this period, the company also diversified, adding road haulage services and additional warehousing to its offering.

Today, the company is still family owned, and continues to expand. Now offering a complete service, from ship agency, liner agency and freight forwarding to warehousing and distribution, John Good Shipping is recognised across the UK as a leading provider of shipping services.



1801 John Good born in Scarborough
1813 John Good goes to sea joining 'British Volunteer'
1826 John Good becomes Master of the 'Jane'
1833 John Good sets up business at 60, Salthouse Lane, Hull as Ships' Chandlers
1838 Moves premises to 19 High St, Hull
1854 Crimean War starts and trade with Finland halts
1869 Joseph and Thomas Good take control of the company, expansion in High St.
1869 Suez Canal opens
1870 Good Bros & Co formed. Partnership with Francis and James Reckitt. SS 'Carolina' bought
1876 Death of John Good
1894 Ambrose Good (3rd generation) joins the company
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1900 - 1949

1901 First Finnish travel programme issued by John Good & Sons
1908 John Good & Sons becomes private limited company
1909 Offices and warehouse in High St seriously damaged by fire
1910 Moved to new offices at Maritime Buildings, Hull
1914 First World War starts and Finnish business halts
1919 Ambrose Good appointed first Honorary Consul for Finland in the UK
1921 Atlantic Warehouse, Hull completed
1924 Cyril Good (4th generation) joins the company
1939 Second World War starts and Finnish business halts
1941 Offices at Maritime Buildings damaged by bombing
1942 Cyril Good killed in action in Libya
1946 Move to new offices in Scale Lane, Hull
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1950 - 1999

1950 John Good & Sons Ltd opens offices in London
1955 Hellenic lines becomes John Good & Sons first general agency
1957 John A Good (5th generation) joins the company
1959 Offices opened in Ipswich
1960 New Head Office opens at 71 High St. Hull
1965 Offices open in Felixstowe
1968 First container terminal opens in Felixstowe
1969 Trans European Port Services formed in Hull. John Good & Sons largest shareholder
1970 Transtainer Systems formed
1974 North Sea Trailers formed as joint venture
1981 John Good (Shipping) Ltd formed
1982 Offices opened in Manchester
1984 John A Good appointed President of the ICS (Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers)
1985 John A Good appointed Chairman, John Good & Sons Ltd
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2000 - present

2001 Matthew Good (6th generation) joins the company
2003 John Rutherford appointed group Managing Director
2003 Head office relocated to Maritime House, Hull
2005 Julie Good appointed Non Executive Director
2005 Ipswich offices sold and moved to Felixstowe
2005 Cooper House, Felixstowe opened
2005 Kevin Harrison joins Good Travel
2006 London office moves to Brentwood
2006 Alan Platt appointed Managing Director of John Good Shipping Ltd
2006 Major expansion of warehousing in Felixstowe and Felixstowe Warehousing Co Ltd formed
2006 Matthew Good appointed director of John Good & Sons Ltd and John Good Shipping Ltd
2007 John Good Denizcilik (Turkey) formed
2007 Shareholding in Welton-North Sea Trailers sold
2008 John A Good retires as Chairman appointed Non Executive Director
2008 John Rutherford appointed Chairman
2008 Tim Good (6th generation) appointed Non Executive Director
2008 Trans European Port Services becomes wholly owned subsidiary
2009 FOCS logistics formed as joint venture
2009 Matthew Good becomes joint Managing Director, John Good & Sons Ltd with John Rutherford
2009 Good Travel Management opens Grimsby office
2010 Alan Platt appointed director of John Good & Sons Ltd
2010 DAN Shipping and Chartering acquired
2011 Alan Platt and Matthew Good appointed joint Managing Directors John Good & Sons Ltd
2011 Mercian Travel, West Midlands acquired
2011 Matthew Good dies suddenly
2011 Matthew Good Foundation formed
2012 Alan Platt becomes sole Managing Director of John Good & Sons Ltd
2012 Good Travel Management opens Leeds office
2012 CBI Transportation acquired
2012 John Garnier appointed Finance Director, John Good & Sons Ltd
2012 Seamus Jennings appointed Sales Director, John Good & Sons Ltd
2013 Regent Travel, Stockport acquired
2014 Seamus Jennings appointed joint Managing Directer, John Good Shipping Ltd with Alan Platt
2014 John Good Group builds new head office in Hull
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