Vane Brothers is a family-owned business with a storied history. From humble beginnings as ship chandlers in Baltimore, the two original Vane brothers (Captains Burke and Allen Vane) teamed with their cousins in the Hughes family to build a thriving maritime operation. Today, 125 years after the company’s founding, Vane Brothers is a premier marine transportation provider with vessels at work on the U.S. East, West and Gulf coasts, as well as in the Great Lakes Region and the Caribbean. Learn more about the company’s growth and diversification by watching a series of brief 125th-anniversary videos posted throughout 2023.

CHAPTER 1: The Original Vane Brothers

Two brothers set out to make maritime history in 1898.