Founded in 1854 by Capt. William Leavitt, Chase, Leavitt & Co. has been a long-time leader in the maritime industry. Back in the days of schooners and full rigged clippers, we chartered and managed oceangoing vessels trading throughout the world. In our early inception, we represented as Ship Agents, vessels trading in the West Indies bringing molasses into Portland, Maine to be distilled into rum.
Today, Chase, Leavitt & Co. is world renowned within the maritime industry and continues to build its reputation for stability and efficiency – competently navigating through the subtleties of international commerce. Now, under the fifth (5th) generation of the Leavitt Family, the tradition of having experienced Mariners at the helm of Chase, Leavitt & Co. continues today.
As we can attest, our longevity and successful business model in providing Port / Ship Agency Services uniquely qualifies Chase, Leavitt & Co. as the leader in Maine’s Maritime Industry – unsurpassed by any of our national competitors!
Since 1894, Chase, Leavitt & Co. has been an active member of the Lloyds Agency Network conducting thousands of marine cargo surveys for various maritime and transportation interests. Our Staff are certified as both Lloyd’s Cargo Surveyors and by the National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS).
To better serve our merchant vessels, recreational sailors and commercial fisherman, Chase, Leavitt & Co. has established both a Retail and Marine Safety Department. Our retail division, also know as The Chart Room, provides a wide range of products and services for both the recreational and professional boater. The Chart Room sells a complete line of domestic and international nautical publications and nautical charts – to include, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), British Admiralty, OceanGrafix Print on Demand (POD, NGA, Bathymetric), Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), Imray, Richardson MapTech, NV-Charts, Explorer Chartbooks and Waterproof Charts. Additionally, navigational resources are books on: how to, voyaging and cruising travel guides, boating safety, professional mariners, celestial navigation, sailing, weather guides, tables, almanacs, atlases, boat handling, seamanship, logbooks, marine electronics, GPS, radar and more. Also navigation tools by Weems & Plath and Davis. Last we have courtesy flags.
The Chase, Leavitt & Co., Marine Safety Department is the largest facility north of Boston which is certified to offer comprehensive sales, servicing, repacking and repair of all major life raft brands to include Avon, Crewsaver, DBC, DSB, Elliot, Givens, Revere, RFD, Plastimo, Switlik, Viking, & Zodiac. Our marine safety and survival staff are professionally certified by DBC Marine Safety Systems Ltd, DSB Deutsche Schlauchboot GMBH, Givens Marine Survival Company Inc., Revere Supply Company, RFD Beaufort Inc, RFD Beaufort Limited, RPR Buoy Rafts, Switlik Parachute Company and Viking Life-Saving Equipment and as such, can attend to all your life raft needs.
In addition, Chase, Leavitt & Co. offers inflatable boat sales and servicing and extensive boats and parts stock such as Achilles, Avon, Halkey Roberts, Bixler’s, C-Level, Leafield, McNett, St.Croix Davits, Walker Bay, Weaver Industries and Zodiac. We are a complete on-site service and repair center as well as an authorized warranty service center.
To better serve our Down East and Northern Maine customers, Chase, Leavitt & Co. has its Ellsworth, Maine location for sales and service of both liferafts and inflatable boats.
Throughout our nearly 160 years of existence, Chase, Leavitt & Co. headquarters has been located on the waterfront in the Port of Portland, Maine. Our company reach however, extends throughout all the major ports of Maine and New Hampshire to include:
Eastport ~ Bar Harbor ~ Searsport ~ Bucksport ~ Rockland ~ Boothbay Harbor
Portsmouth, New Hampshire