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Basil M. Mavroleon

BASIL Manuel Mavroleon was born in Tripoli in the Peloponnese, but hailed from one of the old shipping families of Kasos island.

‘BM’, as he became widely known, relocated to London in 1920 and joined his cousins, the Kulukundis brothers, at the Rethymnis & Kulukundis agency. He trained as office boy and messenger, but he was soon instrumental in the business. Mavroleon earned a formidable reputation for chartering and became one of the leading fixers of Greek ships in London, practically living at the Baltic Exchange.

When World War Two began, several of the R&K partners relocated to New York, leaving BM and John Kulukundis in the UK to run their ships under the control of the Ministry of War Transport.

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