One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A French sea freight service (also used as the name of a shipping line).
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Royal Statistical Society. From French messageries maritimes from the plural of messagerie + the plural of maritime.
Messageries Maritimes/məˈsɑː(d)ʒəriː marɪˈtim//mɛˈsɑː(d)ʒəriː marɪˈtim/
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