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Coast Lines

Based in London, ran UK-Ireland ferries and London - Falmouth, Liverpool, and numerous other coastal services.
Jarig Bakker, 11 October 2003

[Coast Lines houseflag] by James Dignan

Based on Sampson (1957)
James Dignan, 11 October 2003

[Coast Lines houseflag] by Jarig Bakker

In "All about Ships and Shipping", 1959 is another flag: blue, white, red, white and blue horizontal stripes (International "C" flag), with CL in Blue.
Jarig Bakker, 11 October 2003


W. H. Cockerline & Co. Ltd.

[W. H. Cockerline & Co. Ltd. houseflag] by Ivan Sache, 8 March 2004


Trapezoidal flag with six white and red vertical stripes.


Colonial Sugar and Refining Co. Ltd.

[Colonial Sugar and Refining Co. houseflag] by Phil Nelson, 6 April 2000

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


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

[Joseph Constantine Steamship Line houseflag] by Jarig Bakker

Although similar to the flag of Constantine Lines, Montreal (Canada), Brown (1951) has this flag with a blue C for Joseph Constantine Steamship Line, Ltd., London.
Jarig Bakker, 9 August 2004


Constants Ltd.

[Ben Line houseflag] by Jarig Bakker, based on the website of the National Maritime Museum.

From the website of the National Maritime Museum, "the house flag of Constants Ltd., London. A red rectangular flag bearing a white disc in the centre with a black letter 'C' on it. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist and is machine sewn. A rope and toggle is attached. The hoist is inscribed 'Constants Cardiff'.

The Constant family had been Thames ship owners since the 18th century with a head office in London during the 20th century. Constants (South Wales Ltd) was formed in 1929 with an office in Cardiff. Its fleet of tramps exported coal from South Wales and imported iron ore from Northern Spain, cork, pyrites and timber from Portugal and other cargoes from the Mediterranean. The company was wound up after the war and its ships registered under the London office. During the 1950s and 1960s, a small modern fleet tramped worldwide. In 1973 the family sold the company to Dovey Shipping and Industrial Holdings Ltd, Cardiff who closed the business down in 1976.
Jarig Bakker, 5 August 2004


Contship Containerlines

[Contship Containerlines houseflag] by Jorge Candeias, 10 January 1998

I'm happy to confirm that the rectangle or company logo on that page is indeed a flag, as I saw it flying in front of the firm's Antwerp branch yesterday. Of course, a real maritime sighting would have been the real thing.
Jan Mertens, 19 December 2003


Thomas Coppack & Co.

[Thomas Coppack & Co.] by Joe McMillan

Thomas Coppack & Co.
Flag: Company initials in white on blue.
Source: Lloyds 1912
Joe McMillan
, 20 September 2001

This was a British family firm located in Connah's Quay in Wales originated by Captain John Coppack in 1860 and lasting until the early 1970s. Between 1910 and 1926 it went under the name of Thomas Coppack & Co. using the flag shown.
Neale Rosanoski, 1 February 2004


Cork Steamship Co.

[Currie Line houseflag] by Rob Raeside

For details, see British & Continental S.S. Co. entry.


John Cory and Sons

[John Cory & Sons houseflag] by Jarig Bakker, 13 December 2004

Based on Wedge 1926 John Cory & Sons, Limited, Cardiff - blue, in the center red disk charged with white "C".
Jarig Bakker, 13 December 2004


Cory Brothers

[Cory Brothers houseflag] by Jarig Bakker, based on the website of the National Maritime Museum.

From the website of the National Maritime Museum, "the house flag of Cory Brothers, Cardiff. A rectangular flag divided horizontally into white over green. A pink Welsh dragon is in the centre holding two overlapping black diamonds with a white diamond in the centre stitched with the inscription 'CORY BROTHERS'. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist and is machine sewn. A rope and toggle is attached. The dragon and black diamonds are a reference to their coaling activities."
Jarig Bakker, 10 August 2004


Cory Colliers Ltd.

[Cory Colliers houseflag] by Jarig Bakker, based on the website of the National Maritime Museum.

From the website of the National Maritime Museum, "the house flag of Cory Colliers Ltd., London. A red, rectangular flag with a white diamond in the centre. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist and is machine sewn. A rope and two Inglefield clips is attached."
Jarig Bakker, 10 August 2004

William Cory & Son. Originally in the coal trade they became tug operators, taking over several other companies and eventually consolidating under the control of Cory Towage Ltd. Around 1985 the flag emblem was altered from a white diamond to a blue one edged white. They were taken over and absorbed effective 20 February 2000 by Bureau Wijsmuller B.V.
Neale Rosanoski, 16 February 2004


Counties Ship Management Co.

[Counties Ship Management Co. houseflag] by James Dignan

Based on Sampson (1957)
James Dignan, 8 October 2003

Stewart & Styring (1963) lists a Counties Ship Management Co. Ltd. and London and Overseas Freighters Ltd. from London UK, but shows a different flag.

It's a little difficult to follow the history of the company, but Counties Ship Management was originally Rethymnis and Kulukundis, which set up different companies to manage each ship they owned - these each named after an English county.   Three companies merged in 1937, apparently Rethymnis and Kulukundis Limited (London) being the primary concern. By 1950 it became the largest tramp steamer company in London. Its affiliated company London and Overseas Freighters Ltd. was started as a "tramp tanker" company by Rethymnis and Kulukundis. Counties Ship Management appears to have gone out of business in 1968 and London and Overseas sold the last of its tankers in 1997 (actually the company being purchased by Frontline Ltd. a Swedish company flying under the Bermuda flag).
Phil Nelson, 9 October 2003

Brown 622: Counties Ship Management Co., Ltd., London
Funnel: Yellow with a red C surrounded by a red circle, over this a black top.
Flag: Triangular 2:3; white with a red border, in its center a red C surrounded by a red circle. (The C in Brown's is about one-fourth of the flag in height; the circle is
pictured as a line, slightly thinner than the letter, and both considerably thinner than the border. C for County?)
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 20 October 2003

[Counties Ship Management Co. houseflag]by Jarig Bakker, 27 December 2004

Counties Ship Management (Rethymnis & Kulukundis), London - burgee white over blue; in center red 5-pointed star.
Rethymnis & Kulukundis (Piraeus) have an identical tapered swallowtailed houseflag, according to Brown (1951).
From Scott, R.M., The Caltex book of Flags and Funnels, Capetown, Caltex Africa Ltd. (1959).
Jarig Bakker, 27 December 2004


Crusader Shipping Ltd.

[Cory Colliers houseflag] by Jarig Bakker, based on the website of the National Maritime Museum.

From the website of the National Maritime Museum, "the house flag of Crusader Shipping Ltd., London. A black swallow-tailed pennant with a shield bearing the cross of St George on a gold sword. The flag is made of a machine sewn, wool and synthetic fibre bunting. The motif and the hoist are made of cotton fabric. A rope and toggle is attached. The crusader's sword and shield in the design were intended by the company to symbolise the launch into a new trade route across the Pacific from New Zealand to the West Coast of USA."
Jarig Bakker, 10 August 2004

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