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J. & J. Denholm, Ltd.

[J. & J. Denholm, Ltd. houseflag]
by Phil Nelson, 10 April 2000

from Stewart and Styring's Flags, Funnels and Hull Colors 1963

White with a dark blue lozenge and a white "D" in the lozenge.
Jorge Candeias, 17 Feb 1999

The current name of the company is Denholm Shipping Services Ltd. The company was founded in 1866 as a ship agency on the Clyde, in Scotland. It is now registered in Glasgow. Denholm's first ship was the sailing ship David Sinclair, bought in 1873. The company experienced heavy losses in the 1940s and had to move to on-shore activities. Denholm recently diversified its activity among four branches: logistics (ship agency), shipping, sea foods and industrial services. The company website is at http://www.denholm-shipping.co.uk
Ivan Sache, 1 March 2004


James Fisher & Sons Ltd.

[James Fisher & Sons Ltd. houseflag] by Ivan Sache, 6 March 2004
 

James Nicoll & Co.

[James Nicoll and Co. houseflag] by Ivan Sache

James Nicoll & Co., Dundee.
The flag is white with a border red (top and left) and blue (bottom and right) and N.D. (blue) in the middle.
Based on The Mystic Seaport Foundation
Ivan Sache, 1 February 2004


James Nourse Ltd

[James Nourse Ltd houseflag]
by Phil Nelson, 9 April 2000

from Stewart and Styring's Flags, Funnels and Hull Colors 1963


John Kelly

[John Kelly houseflag] by James Dignan

Based on Sampson (1957)
James Dignan, 12 October 2003

Based in Belfast. Originally started in 1861 to transport coal. Merged in 1993 with Lanes Group Ltd. Currently known as Kelly Fuels.
Phil Nelson, 12 October 2003


John Milligen & Co., Ltd.

[John Milligen & Co., Ltd. houseflag]
by Phil Nelson, 8 April 2000

from Stewart and Styring's Flags, Funnels and Hull Colors 1963


John S. Monks

[John S. Monks houseflag] by James Dignan

Based on Sampson (1957)
James Dignan, 14 October 2003


Joseph Constantine Steamship Line

[Joseph Constantine Steamship Line houseflag] by James Dignan

Based on Sampson (1957)
James Dignan, 14 October 2003

Notable in that the company was involved in a lawsuit with the Imperial Smelting Corp. Ltd in which an the company was the plaintiff. The case is cited as an example of meeting the burden of proof.
Phil Nelson, 14 October 2003


Kaye, Son & Co.

[Kaye, Son & Co. houseflag] by James Dignan

Based on Sampson (1957)
James Dignan, 19 October 2003

Description: Blue; white K inside white diamond. In "All about Ships and Shipping" the 'diamond' is square.
Jarig Bakker
, 19 October 2003

Phil Nelson, 19 October 2003


Kyle Shipping Co. Ltd.

[Kyle Shipping Co. Ltd. houseflag]
by Phil Nelson, 11 April 2000

from Stewart and Styring's Flags, Funnels and Hull Colors 1963


Lambert Brothers

[Lambert Brothers houseflag] by James Dignan

Flag image based on Sampson (1957).   Company based in based in London.
James Dignan
, 8 October 2003

Brown 175: Lambert Bros., Ltd., London
Funnel: Black, on a white band a red equilateral triangle.
Flag: 2:3; white a red equilateral triangle, with a spanning circle of approximately half the flag's depth. James' images appears to be:
Flag: 2:3; white a red isosceles triangle, one-third of the flag in height.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 20 October 2003


R. Lapthorn & Co. Ltd.

[R. Lapthorn & Co. Ltd. houseflag] by Ivan Sache

R. Lapthorn & Co. Ltd. (Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom - http://www.lapthorn.co.uk/index.asp?company) - red-black-red with yellow star.
The company was founded by Tony Lapthorn in November 1951 and is still a family business.
Ivan Sache, 1 November 2003


Lewis, Heron & Co. (William Lewis & Co.)

[Lewis, Heron & Co. houseflag] by Ivan Sache

Lewis, Heron and Co., also William Lewis and Co., London. The flag is red with a blue square diamond charged with a L (white).
Based on The Mystic Seaport Foundation
Ivan Sache, 1 February 2004


Leyland Line

[Leyland Line houseflag] by Jarig Bakker

The Leyland Line (Frederick Leyland & Co., Limited), founded 1900, belonged to the Morgan-trust, trafficking from London, Liverpool to Boston, New York, New Orleans, West Indies, Mexico and Central America. The lines Liverpool-Lisbon, Oporto, Liverpool-Mediterranean and Antwerpen-Portland (Maine) belonged formerly to the Leyland Line, but was transferred to the Ellerman Line in Liverpool.
Source: Brockhaus' Konversations-Lexikon, 14th ed (c. 1907)
Jarig Bakker, 11 October 2003

Larousse Commercial Illustré (1930) shows Leyland Line, Liverpool: red, a green cross throughout and a little white disk neatly enclosed in the centre of the cross. The cross's arms are about one fifth of flag height. Both pictures at http://www.greatships.net/leylandline.html have a plain red flag only. The on-line 1912 Lloyd's Flags & Funnels has a completely red flag for 'Frederick Leyland & Co., Ltd. (Leyland Line), Liverpool' under No. 1886: http://www.mysticseaport.org/library/initiative/ImPage.cfm?PageNum=91&BibId=11061&ChapterId=8 and a completely different one for 'J.H. Welford & Co., Ltd (Gulf Transport Line and Leyland Shipping Co., Ltd.), Liverpool', No. 211. Here, some correspondence pointing to the connection with the Bibby Line, another red house flag company (see particularly Note 2 of this letter): http://www.whistler.arts.gla.ac.uk/letters/02565.asp. So where does the green cross come from, I wonder?
Jan Mertens, 19 May 2004


Lamport & Holt Line Ltd.

[Lamport & Holt Line Ltd. houseflag] by Phil Nelson, 9 April 2000

from Stewart and Styring's Flags, Funnels and Hull Colors 1963
 


Corporation of Lloyds

[Lloyds houseflag]
by António Martins, 28 March 2000

[Lloyds houseflag]
by António Martins, 28 March 2000

A company flag of Lloyds. From: I. O. Evans 'The Observer Book of Flags', 1959: 'The St. George's Cross, red on white, distinguishes a number of civic flags associated with London. That of the city of London bears in the canton, in red, the sword which beheaded St. Paul <...> On the shield which forms the badge of the Corporation of Lloyd's the Cross and Sword of London City are placed above a foul anchor in gold. Lloyd's signal stations fly a blue ensign with this badge in the fly; Lloyd's burgee for boats places it in the canton of a long pennant whose field shows a St. George's Cross with its arms traversed by a narrow blue cross.'
Jarig Bakker, 21 December 1999

Lloyd's boats were entitled to fly a Blue Ensign with their badge: Admiralty Warrant 9th September 1882. This is now used only ashore at Lloyd's offices and occasionally at Gibraltar Signal Station.
David Prothero, 27 December 1999

I chanced upon some more information about Lloyd's flags in ADM 1/8950.

1882. Admiralty Warrant for Blue Ensign with Lloyd's badge in the fly. 9 Sep 1882.

1894. Lloyd's asked for permission to fly a white ensign with a blue overall St George's cross and their badge in the fly (presumably in the fourth quarter). Admiralty refused to allow it for use on boats because it would have been too much like the RN White Ensign, but did not have the authority to ban its use on signal stations. However Lloyd's dropped the idea.

1896. Admiralty approved white ensign with Lloyd's badge in the fly and no overall cross for Signal Stations. Flags of this design had probably been in use since 1894.

1900. Admiralty suggested that this flag should not be flown.

1904. Admiralty agreed that there was no harm in this flag being flown at Signal Stations abroad.

1914. Use of Lloyd's white ensign abandoned.

There is some inconsistency here in that Admiralty are said to have no authority over flags ashore, but are then approving a flag for a Signal Station. I think the explanation is that although the Admiralty's authority legally extended only to flags flown at sea, and on rivers, lakes and inland waters, they claimed the right to regulate the use of any flag that looked similar to a maritime flag. Thus yacht clubs that had warrants for Blue or Red Ensigns defaced with their club badge in the fly, were not allowed to fly them ashore at their club-house. RN barracks could fly the White Ensign because they were considered to be extensions of ships-of-war, but Dockyards and Naval Hospitals had to fly the Union Jack. An exception was made for Customs and Excise who were allowed to fly the Customs ensign on Customs Houses.
David Prothero, 29 January 2000

An incorrect image of a supposed Lloyds flag as a red ensign was found in a series of Danish stickers issued by Danmark Coffee Co. (circa 1935).
Ole Andersen, 21 December 1999 The Lloyd's badge on a blue disc on a Red Ensign is an error. It is perhaps a misinterpretation of the Admiralty Flag Book. Badges that appeared direct on Blue or Red Ensigns, but did not appear on UJs, were shown on a blue circle or red circle respectively. David Prothero, 30 December 1999

Lloyd's Yacht Club was founded 1938 and granted the defaced Red Ensign 1950.  Here is a picture of it in use from http://www.bellandclements.com/whatsnew/.
David Prothero, Ole Anderson
, 28 March 2003


Lyle Shipping Co. Ltd.

[Lyle Shipping Co. Ltd. houseflag]
by Phil Nelson, 11 April 2000

from Stewart and Styring's Flags, Funnels and Hull Colors 1963


David MacBrayne

[David MacBrayne houseflag] by James Dignan

Flag image based on Sampson (1957).
James Dignan
, 17 October 2003

Clyde and Western Isles, Scotland; Houseflag: blue pennant, with Red St. Andrew's Cross superimposed on a white St. Andrew's Cross
Jarig Bakker, 17 October 2003

According to http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/tramways/HutchesonMacBrayneClyde.htm:

David Hutcheson & Co : David MacBrayne Ltd
David MacBrayne was one of three partners in David Hutcheson's company and eventually took exclusive control in 1879 after the retirement of David Hutcheson in 1876 and Alexander Hutcheson in 1878. MacBrayne died in 1907, aged 92, having worked up until the previous year, by which time the operation had become David MacBrayne Ltd. It was reconstructed in 1928 as David MacBrayne (1928) Ltd, owned jointly by Coast Lines Ltd and the LMS railway. As David MacBrayne Ltd from 1934, 50 percent remained with the private Coast Lines Ltd until it was purchased by the Scottish Transport Group in 1969 and on January 1, 1973 was merged with STG's other subsisiary, the Caledonian Steam Packet Company to form Caledonian - MacBrayne. MacBrayne's territory was the Western Isles with Oban as base, but a regular service was run from Glasgow (later Gourock) to Tarbet and Ardrishaig on Loch Fyne for delivering mail and passengers for onward connections to the Western Isles. Marketed since the 19th century as the "Royal Route" with reference to an earlier visit to the area by Queen Victoria, MacBraynes ran some well-known, well-loved and long-lived steamers on the Clyde until the end of the 1969 season when the diesel-electric vessel Lochfyne was withdrawn.
Phil Nelson, 18 October 2003


Manchester Lines, Ltd.

[Manchester Lines, Ltd. houseflag]
by Phil Nelson, 10 April 2000

from Stewart and Styring's Flags, Funnels and Hull Colors 1963

This company was known as Manchester Liners in the 1950's.
James Dignan, 8 October 2003

Posted as insolvent on 19 May 2004 (The Times).
Ron Lahav, 20 May 2004


Maritime Shipping & Trading Co., Ltd.

[Maritime Shipping & Trading Co., Ltd. houseflag]
by Phil Nelson, 8 April 2000

from Stewart and Styring's Flags, Funnels and Hull Colors 1963


McAndrews Shipping Company, Ltd.

[McAndrews Shipping Company, Ltd. houseflag]
by Aingeru Astui Zarraga, 25 April 2002

Interestingly, the MacAndrews logo that appears in the "Carga e Transportes" supplement is very different. All these last images have been taken from the same ad, an ad to MacAndrews, that includes these companies it operates with in Portugal: Bank Line, already sent, New Guinea Pacific Line and Crocodile Line, also already sent, plus two more: Ellerman, a company that has three lines from Lisbon or from Leixões (to the British Isles, to the Mediterranean and to India, Pakistan, Middle East and East Africa), and APL, a company that serves the US and Canada and the Far East. 

The logo of MacAndrews (or, better, MacAndrews Lda. / Group Andrew Weir Shipping as the full writing appears in the ad) is not only green, but quite a bit more complicated than appears in Aingeru's image, including a crown and a pair of hands holding the ship:

[McAndrews Shipping Company, Ltd. houseflag]
by Jorge Candeias, 25 April 2002

The logo with the crown and a pair of hands holding the ship belongs to Andrew Weir Shipping Ltd. The one of McAndrews is simpler.
Aingeru Astui Zarraga, 26 April 2002


McIlwraith McEacharn

Yellow, with a red lion rampant.
James Dignan, 17 October 2003

Founded 1875, also known as the Scottish Line, operating vessels between England, Australia and Papua New Guinea. The company was a pioneer in the development of refrigerated shipping. Their Australian operation apparently helped form Bulkships Pty., Ltd. in 1958 which became a partnership of the company and Adelaide Steamship Company, which eventually became Associated Steamships Pty. Ltd. (now ASP). Their ships appear to be run by ASP. Stewart & Styring (1963) places this company in Melbourne.
Phil Nelson, 18 October 2003


Mediterranean & New York Steamship Co.

[Mayflower SS Corp.]  by Joe McMillan

Mediterranean Steamship Co.
There have been several companies with similar names, but none I have found information on matches this time period. The flag in Flaggenbuch 1905 is a distinctive red flag with two white vertical stripes, forming five equal bands.
Source: Flaggenbuch 1905

Joe McMillan, 29 October 2001

Mediterranean Steamship Co. This is the flag of the UK company Mediterranean & New York Steamship Co. Ltd. based in Liverpool and operating 1878-1905. Details are available in Bonsor P1016. (Volume 3). It has been shown by the shorter title, Mediterranean Steamship Co., by the Liverpool Journal of Commerce Chart of 1885 but the fuller title is shown by subsequent sources up to Lloyds 1904. The confusion regarding country (US or UK?) probably relates to their managers, Phelps Bros. & Co., based Liverpool, who had opened a New York branch around 1874.

Neale Rosanoski, 5 March 2004


George Milne and Co. (Inver Line)

[George Milne and Co. houseflag] by Ivan Sache

W. Montgomery & Co., Ltd., London. The flag is red with a white rectangle charged with a M (blue).
Based on The Mystic Seaport Foundation
Ivan Sache, 1 February 2004


W. Montgomery & Co., Ltd.

[W.Montgomery & Co., Ltd. houseflag] by Ivan Sache

W. Montgomery & Co., Ltd., London. The flag is blue with a M (white) in the middle.
Based on The Mystic Seaport Foundation
Ivan Sache, 1 February 2004


Morel, Ltd.

[Morel, Ltd. houseflag] by James Dignan

Based on Sampson (1957)
James Dignan, 9 October 2003

Brown 317: Morel, Ltd., Cardiff
Funnel: Black, on a wide white band bordered red bordered white a red disk.
Flag: 2:3; white, along the fly-wise edges offset red stripes, and in the center a red disk of approximately 1/3rd of the flag's height.

James' disk is slightly larger (3/8?) which makes for a better flag.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 20 October 2003


Moss Hutchinson Line, Ltd.

[Moss Hutchinson Line, Ltd. houseflag] by James Dignan

Based on Sampson (1957)
James Dignan, 9 October 2003

Moss Hutchinson Line, Ltd. had a blue-white-red vertical tricolor with what appears to be the thistle in the white stripe. They had 2 fleets- the Spanish Peninsula fleet flew that flag in combination with a red pennant (possibly bordered in blue or white, but unclear) with a white Maltese cross and white letters M & H on either side of the cross; their Mediterranean fleet flew only the pennant.
Source: Stewart (1953)
Ned Smith, 1 July 2003


Mountwood Shipping Company, Ltd.

[Mountwood Shipping Company, Ltd. houseflag]
by Phil Nelson, 11 April 2000

from Stewart and Styring's Flags, Funnels and Hull Colors 1963


Mullion & Co., Ltd

[Mullion & Co., Ltd houseflag]
by Phil Nelson, 7 April 2000

from Stewart and Styring's Flags, Funnels and Hull Colors 1963

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