There have been three great moments in my life as an inventor. One when my early wireless signals rang a bell at the other side of the room in which I was carrying out my experiment; the second when the signals from my station at Poldhu in Cornwall found response in the telephone receiver I was holding to my ear at St. John’s, Newfoundland, 1,800 miles away over the Atlantic; and today when I quietly contemplate the possibilities of the future and feel that my life’s work has provided a sure foundation on which the workers of today and tomorrow may build.
[Guglielmo Marconi – December 1935] – Fondazione Guglielmo Marconi (www.fgm.it)
SIRM’s history is rooted in an unbreakable bond to the invention of Radio and its inventor Guglielmo Marconi. Founded by Guglielmo Marconi in April 1900 (25th April 1900) as The Marconi International Marine Communications Company Limited, we are now known as SIRM UK Marine Ltd, a UK company of SIRM – SOCIETA’ ITALIANA RADIO MARITTIMA S.P.A., after the acquisition in 2016 from SELEX ES Ltd.
SIRM was founded in 1927, again by Guglielmo Marconi, to manage the activities in Italy, following the publication of law No. 1082 of the 06/16/1927 for the discipline of maritime communications.The acquisition of the marine business in UK leads to the merging of two companies, which since the invention of the radio, over 100 years ago, represented a technological reference point for the maritime market.
SIRM UK Marine Ltd. is the only organisation anywhere in the world that has been continuously involved in the provision, implementation, monitoring and support of ships’ radio installations since the very inception of marine radio. In the formative years, at the turn of the century, the sea-going equipment provided was exclusively concerned with wireless communications, but over the years the service has enlarged to include such device as automatic distress call alarms, special lifeboat equipment, direction-finders (manual and automatic), echo meters for various purposes, marine radar, sound systems for intercommunication and public address work. For this reason in 1968 the company name was changed by dropping the word “Communication”, to reflect the fact that the products offered to the Marine marketwere not adequately described by the original title.
Guglielmo Marconi, nella sua cabina radio a bordo dell’Elettra, 26 marzo 1930.
Cabina degli apparati radio nel panfilo “Elettra”
Un modello di Marconigramma