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Queen Steam Fishing Co Ltd.

[Queen Steam Fishing Co. 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 the Queen Steam Fishing Co Ltd., Grimsby. A white flag with a blue saltire and a red letter 'Q' in the centre. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a linen hoist and is machine sewn.
Jarig Bakker, 24 August 2004

Queenship Navigation Ltd.

[Queenship Navigation Ltd. houseflag] by Jarig Bakker

Brown (1951) shows exactly the same flag as the Queen Steam Fishing Co. flag (but proportioned 2:3) for the Queenship Navigation Ltd., London.
Jarig Bakker, 24 August 2004


R. & J. H. Rea

[R. & J. H. Rea 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 R. & J. H. Rea, Liverpool. A red flag with a white-bordered black diamond in the centre bearing a white 'R'. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist and is machine sewn. The design is printed.
Jarig Bakker, 24 August 2004


Red Funnel Line

a.k.a. Southampton, Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Public Limited Company

[Red Funnel Line] by Ivan Sache, 8 March 2004

Quartered per saltire in white, green, red and blue.
Jorge Candeias, 23 Feb 1999

The Southampton Isle of Wight and South of England Royal Mail Steam Packet Public Limited Company. Universally known as Red Funnel for short.
Roy Stilling

The Southampton and Isle of Wight RMSP Co Ltd used a diagonally divided flag that was - clockwise from the top - white, green, red and blue.
James Dignan


Red 'R' Steamship Co. Ltd.

[Red R Steamship Co. Ltd. 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 Red 'R' Steamship Co. Ltd. A white rectangular flag with a red 'R' in the centre. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist and is machine sewn."

[The only match I found was in Brown (1951) for Stephens Sutton Ltd., Newcastle-on-Tyne (GB)]
Jarig Bakker, 24 August 2004


Regent Petroleum Tankship Co. Ltd.

[Regent Petroleum Tankship Co. Ltd. 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 the Regent Petroleum Tankship Co. Ltd., London. A white flag, in the centre with a disc divided into red over blue and a blue-edged white border. The name 'REGENT' is in blue letters on a white background across the centre. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist and is machine sewn. The design is printed. A rope and two Inglefield clips is attached. The company ships were absorbed into the Texaco fleet by 1968 and their own livery was abandoned."
Jarig Bakker, 25 August 2004


Regents Line

[Regents Line houseflag] by Jarig Bakker

Brown's Flags and Funnels (1951) lists for Regents Line (Grand Union (Shipping) Ltd.), London, a yellow flag with over all a blue Y; in top a white disk with three blue horizontal stripes; at the hoist a black capital R; at the fly a black capital L.
Jarig Bakker, 25 August 2004


Rhondda Merthyr Steamship Company

[Rhondda Merthyr Steamship Company houseflag] by Jarig Bakker

Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels [Wedge 1926]

Rhondda Merthyr Steamship Company, Cardiff - white flag, red cross, in the center red disk; "RMSC" in blue in all quarters.
Jarig Bakker, 15 January 2005


Rivers Steam Navigation Co. Ltd.

[Rivers Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. 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 Rivers Steam Navigation Co. Ltd., London. A white, swallow-tailed burgee with a blue saltire. A red disc is placed in the centre. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist and is machine sewn."

It is similar to the flag of the Anglo Saxon Petroleum Co., London, with white field, blue saltire with red disk, according to Loughran (1979).
Jarig Bakker, 26 August 2004


Hugh Roberts and Son

[Hugh Roberts and Son houseflag] by Phil Nelson, 11 April 2000

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


William Robertson, Shipowners, Ltd. (Gem Line

) [William Robertson, Shipowners, Ltd. houseflag] by Phil Nelson, 6 April 2000

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

William Robertson, Shipowners, Ltd. Griffin 1895, Lloyds 1904 and the Liverpool Journal of Commerce all show the white band being very broad with equal bands then shown by all sources from 1912 onwards, suggesting that there was a change in the basic design. Robertsons had their fleet under the name Gem Line Ltd. from the late 1950s to the early 1970s, the ship names being after minerals or semi-precious stones, then around the mid 1970s seem to have been absorbed by Stephenson Clarke Shipping Ltd.
Neale Rosanoski, 16 February 2004

[Gem 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 Gem Line. A white, rectangular flag with the top and bottom edges in dark blue. In the centre is a red 'R'. 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."
Jarig Bakker, 13 August 2004


Sir Robert Ropner & Co.

[Sir Robert Ropner & Co. houseflag] by James Dignan

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

Sir R. Ropner Co. Ltd., West Hartlepool: Larousse Commercial Illustré (1930) shows quarterly red and white, characters counterchanged in each canton i.e. upper hoist, white `R.', upper fly, red `R.', lower hoist, red `&', lower fly, `Co' (`o' raised, no dot). No serifs. Robert Ropner's remarkable career is described on this site (click on the flag). The firm is still active in shipping but no longer independent: see its home page, then click `Company History'.
Jan Mertens, 4 June 2004

[Sir Robert Ropner & Co. 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 Sir R. Ropner & Co. (Management) Ltd., Darlington. A rectangular flag quartered into red and white with a black and gold shield of arms in the centre. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist and is machine sewn. The shield is printed onto cotton."
Jarig Bakker, 29 August 2004

Sir Robert Ropner & Co. The flag apparently changed post WW2, being shown from Stewart 1951 onwards, the letters being deleted and a shield added overall. I am not sure of the charges on the shield but at some point I have noted that they included stag heads.
Neale Rosanoski, 24 May 2004


Ross Group

[Ross Group 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 the Ross Group, Grimsby. A rectangular green flag with a five-pointed white star. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist and is machine sewn."
Jarig Bakker, 26 August 2004


C. Rowbotham & Sons

[C. Rowbotham & Sons 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 C. Rowbotham & Sons, London. A blue rectangular flag with a white diamond in the centre bearing the letter 'R' in red. 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.
Jarig Bakker, 8 August 2004


Rowland & Marwoods Steam Ship Co.

[Rowland & Marwoods Steam Ship Co. 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 Rowland & Marwoods Steam Ship Co., Whitby. A square white flag with a blue border bearing a red cross in the centre. The flag is made of wool bunting with a linen hoist and is machine sewn. A rope and toggle is attached. The design dates from before 1934 when the company were asked to alter their colours by the War Office and changed them to a blue cross with a red border.

Rowland and Marwood was created in 1890 by six steamship owners, each ship owned by shareholders, to form a larger and mutually beneficial concern. Rowland died in 1899, and Marwood in 1914, and from 1914 W. A. Headlam and his family became the driving force of the company. The tramp fleet carried mainly coal out, and then grain, timber, and many other cargoes back to the UK or European ports. They traded worldwide to ports in Australia, South America, Cuba, Canada and elsewhere on the globe. The company lost six ships in the First World War, but acquired 13 new ones in the period 1922 to 1940.

The depression in the 1930s caused great difficulties, but with government subsidies in both 1935 and 1936 the company managed to keep going. After the First World War the ships were always named after local Yorkshire villages. During the first two years of the Second World War the Battle of the Atlantic took almost all of the company's fleet. The company continued trading in the post-war period, but, despite new vessels of larger size being bought in 1956 and 1962, the 'Runswick' and the 'Egton', the world economic climate proved unfavourable to small-scale cargo enterprises and in 1985 the company went into voluntary liquidation."
Jarig Bakker, 26 August 2004

[Rowland & Marwoods Steam Ship Co. houseflag] by Jarig Bakker

According to Loughran (1979) the flag used after 1934 had proportions 2:3.
Jarig Bakker, 26 August 2004

See also: Bennett S.S. Co.


Royal Mail Lines (Royal Mail Steam Packet Co.)

[Royal Mail Lines houseflag] by Ivan Sache, 8 March 2004

Based on Sampson (1957).
James Dignan, 15 October 2003

Houseflag: White, with red St. Andrew's Cross and Gold Crown in center.
Jarig Bakker. 15 October 2003

[Royal Mail Lines 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 Royal Mail Lines Ltd, London. A white swallow-tailed burgee with a red cross. There is a gold crown 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 toggle is attached."
Jarig Bakker, 27 August 2003

Founded as the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company in 1839 originally between the UK and the Caribbean and Central America and extending north to Halifax and New York. Purchased the White Star Line in 1927. In 1932, became the Royal Mail Line following significant losses by the company and conviction of the company chairman Lord Kylsant for larceny (specifically having falsified the company financial books). In 1965 RML was purchased by Furness, Withy & Co and in the 1970s sold successively to C Y Tung (HK) and Hamburg-Süd (DE). Currently operates a refrigerated cargo service between South America and Europe.
Phil Nelson, 16 October 2003


Royal Mail Steam Packet Co.

[Royal Mail Steam Packer Co. 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 the Royal Mail Steam Packet Co., London. A white flag with a red saltire in the centre of which is a gold cross. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a linen hoist and is machine sewn. The crown is printed."
Jarig Bakker, 27 August 2004


Thomas Royden & Sons

[Thomas Royden & Sons houseflag] by Ivan Sache

The flag is forked, horizontally divided blue-red with a white diamond in the middle.
Ivan Sache, 28 February 2004


Walter Runciman & Co.

[Walter Runciman & Co. houseflag] by James Dignan

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

Based in Newcastle-on-Tyne, UK
Phil Nelson, 11 October 2003

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