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Greece: House flags of shipping companies

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Cornilios Emmanouelides Shipping Enterprises

[Emmanouelides house flag]by Al Fisher Jr

Elefsis Shipping Agency

[Elefsis Shipping Agency house flag]by Ivan Sache

Elefsis Shipping Agency is a shipping agency based in Elefsis / Eleusis. The houseflag of the agency is white with two thin blue stripes on the top and bottom of the flag, and the letters ELSH in red Italics in the middle of the flag.

Source: Company website

Ivan Sache& Dov Gutterman, 12 November 2003


[Eletson house flag]by Jorge Candeias

The flag is horizontally divided light blue-white-light blue (1:4:1) with a five-ponted star in the white band,

Jorge Candeias& Dov Gutterman, 17 February 1999

Empros Lines Shipping Co. Sp. S.A.

[Empros house flag]by Ivan Sache

The house flag of the company is diagonally divided blue-white with a white D near the upper hoist.

Source: Company website

Ivan Sache& Dov Gutterman, 12 November 2003

George A. Callitsis Succesrs S.A.

[Callitsis house flag]by Ivan Sache

The house flag of the company is red with a white disc containing a black C in a nearly circular pattern.

Source: Company website

Ivan Sache& Dov Gutterman, 12 November 2003

Greek Line (General Steam Navigation Company of Greece)

[Greek Line house flag]by San Pavlos

The General Steam Navigation Company of Greece (marketed as the Greek Line) was formed in 1939 to run transatlantic sailings from Greece. As air travel hit passenger figures in the 1960s, the vessels devoted more time to cruising. The Company began to fall on hard times in the early 1970s, following the death of Basil Goulandris, owner and chairman of the Greek Line. It collapsed finally in 1975, although their two final ships, Olympia and Queen Anna Maria, sail on (in 2002) as the Regal Empress and Topaz.

Source: Simplon Co. website

The flag of the Greek Line is blue with a white Greek letter Gamma in the middle.

Source: Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours [ste59]

San Pavlos, 27 December 2002

Hellespont Group

[Hellespont Group]by Ivan Sache

Hellespont is a deep-see shipping company specialized in the carriage of crude oil. The company is based in Piraeus and has agency operations in London and Manila. It operates four vessels: Hellespont Alhambra, Hellespont Metropolis, Hellespont Tara, and Fairfax.

Phrixos B. Papachristidis, born in Eleftheroupolis in 1901, moved to Canada in 1930 after the Great Depression. He opened a philatelic shop and became the largest wholesale stamp dealer in Canada, but the Second World War caused his bankrupt. In 1946, Papachristidis bought nine war-built dry cargos vessels from the Canadian government. The Phrixos B. Papachristidis Company, incorporated in Montreal in 1946 and later renamed Hellespont Maritime, specialized in deep-sea transport and its vessels flew the Canadian ensign. Hellespont is the ancient name of the Dardanelles strait. In 1955, the company bought two oil tankers. The Emerillion, built in 1957 for Hellespont, was the largest tanker ever built in Canada to that time. In 1960-1965, the company operated six "Great Lakes" bulk carriers, which were sold in 1972. The company then moved back to Greece.

The flag of Hellespont Group is blue with a white cross. A decentered blue cross, apparently with the vertical arm larger than the horizontal one, is placed inside the white cross. A white disc with a blue border is placed in the middle of the cross and charged with the blue Greek letters Phi ( &#934), Beta (&#914) and Pi(&#928), the initials of the founder of the company.

Source: Company website

Ivan Sache& Dov Gutterman, 13 November 2003


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