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Epirotiki Lines S.A. (Shipping company, Greece)

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[Epirotiki Lines house flag]

House flag of Epirotiki Lines - Image by Jarig Bakker, 12 November 2005

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Presentation of Epirotiki Lines

The company was founded in 1850 by Tassos Potamianos. According to the Simplon Postcards website, Epirotiki Lines was amalgamated with Sun Lines in 1997 to form Royal Olympic Cruises, renamed Royal Olympia Cruises in 2003.

Jan Mertens & Ivan Sache, 6 January 2006

House flag of Epirotiki Lines

According to Brown's Flags and Funnels of Shipping Companies of the World (1995) [lgr95], the house flag of Epirotiki Lines is blue with a yellow Byzantine cross outlined in black.

Jarig Bakker, 12 November 2005

The Maritime Timetable Images website shows a similar flag of New Epirotiki Steamship Navigation Co. (Petros G. Potamianos), but with the cross placed near the hoist.
The same website presents Epirotiki Line as an American company; on a timetable concerning sailings effective June, 1959, the yellow cross is shown on a black field.

On Josef Nuesse's website is shown a purple pennant with the same yellow cross, accompanied in the hoist by the golden writing EPIROTIKI LINES, placed vertically, in a Latin font resembling Greek letters.

Quoting the company website:

When Tassos Potamianos died in 1902 George undertook the management of the company which was growing fast and his deep belief in Christianity inspired him to use the emblem of the Byzantine Cross as the company's trademark which symbolizes freedom, at the same time naming his company Epirotiki.

Jan Mertens, 21 January 2005