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Bugsier-Reederei-und Bergungs A.G. began 1866 as Vereinigte Bugsier
& Frachtschiffahrt Ges. using a similar flag but with letters "VBFG"
replacing the "BRBA" being white on the red quarters and black on the white
quarters. The name changed in 1919. Whether the letters on the white are
blue or black is very confusing. The company website, together with non
German sources, show them as black. Whilst normally I would expect the
company portrayal to be correct, the flag letters in the Josef
Nüsse collection are definitely blue and this is supported by all other
Neale Rosanoski, 3 Jan 2003
German sources, including that on the Josef
Nüsse site, show the black letters as blue but the company itself on
its website shows black like the non German sources. They were formed in
1886 as Vereinigte Bugsier & Frachtschiffahrt Ges. with a similar
flag but with the letters "VBFG" in place of the "BRBA". The name was changed
to Bugsier-Reederei-und Bergungs A.G. in 1919 and then in 1988 to
the current Bugsier Reederei und Bergungs GmbH which operates only
a tug company.
Neale Rosanoski, 13 Oct 2004
It's No. 465 in the on-line 1912
Lloyds Flags & Funnels, as 'Vereinigte Bugsir- & Frachtschiffahrt-Gesellschaft,
Hamburg' i.e. the United Towage and Goods Shipping Company. Some information
on this company can be found here
The essence (under the 'Lloyd Sydney' heading): the firm was founded on 6 January 1866 by a group of Hamburg shipping operators and renamed several times before becoming, on 1 May 1919, the "Bugsier-, Reederei- und Bergungs AG which was to become famous world-wide. For many years the towage firm was also active in maritime transport.
Note: 'Bugsir' is old spelling for 'Bugsier'.
Jan Mertens, 26 Dec 2004