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House flags of shipping companies
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- Houseflags of the World Identifier,
by Dominique Cureau with images from FotW-ws
und Schornsteinmarken, Michael Harms’ website about
worldwide house flags.
- The Mystic Seaport Foundation in Mystic, Connecticut, has digitized a
number of old maritime documents and references, including:reported by Joe MacMillan, Apr 2004
(House Flags) at Josef Nüsse’s
Ships & Flags
website. The site is a very good source since it shows pictures of
real flags. The website disclaimer says that most of the companies
whose house flags are shown there are gone out of business. It includes
also a page with unidentified
reported by Ivan Sache, 23 Aug 2002 and 14 Sep 2005
Vlaggen @ Binnenvaartforum, a Dutch mailing list, Kustvaartforum
(coastal shipping forum) and related sites, 16 Jan. 2005.
reported by Jan Mertens, 09 Dec 2006
- Flags &
Funnels, by Heinrich Fischbach, with «60 000 notes on
flags and funnels worldwide from all branches of shipping».
reported by Jan Mertens, 21 Nov 2003
- Part of the National Maritime Museum’s flag collection
(the house flags)
reported by Barbara Tomlinson, 03 Aug 2004
- Site on house flags of french
shipping companies, by Dominique Cureau.
reported by Dominique Cureau, 04 Jun 2004
- The World
Salvage Directory of the
International Salvage Union
(ISU) lists the member companies and show the houseflag
of some of them (on each individual company page, linked from the
reported by Ivan Sache, 24 Jun 2001
- Shipping Industry
Guidelines for Flag State Performance
reported by Ron Lahav, 09 Nov 2008
- The Great Ocean
Liners: A trip back to days gone by
reported by Henrik Ljungström, webmaster, 12 Dec 2000
- major list of Merchant
reported by James Dignan, 12 Dec 2000
Shipping Companies by country
Not all countries are linked below — links are made only to
those countries where we have found shipping lines’ flags.
Flying house flags
Who has the right to fly a house flag onboard a commercial vessel?
Would it be the Owners/Operators or their ship management company?
Lauren Lavercombe, 30 Aug 2007
The operator offers to the cargo-owners the service of transportation
by ship. The ship management company offers to the operator the service of
moving the ship around.
I’d say the company flag should be the flag of the company
registering the ship. If the ship is sailing under the flag of Pentecost
Island, then an owner or operator has registered the ship in the Pentecost
Island register, and their flag should fly from the vessel. Since the
ship management company wouldn’t be the one registering the ship,
they wouldn’t be the ones flying the company flag either
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 30 Aug 2007
Funnels vs. house flags
Among the shipping lines covered in the 1934 flag article in
National Geographic magazine [gsh34],
Edward Smith, 19 Oct 1999
- some had funnel markings which very close resembled their house
- some had funnel markings which had only a general similarity to
their house flags and
- some had funnel markings which had nothing in common with their
Ratios of house flags
I have several charts and books with houseflags with dimensions varying
from 1:2 to 4:5, but it is safe to assume that most (unless otherwise
specified) are 2:3.
Jarig Bakker, 07 Oct 2003
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