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Adria


by }eljko Heimer, 27 March 2004

The 1930 "Larousse Commercial" lists this company as Italian, based as it was in Fiume, but we all know that Fiume is now Rijeka, Croatia.
"Adria" S.A. di Navigazione Marittima has a blue flag with a red saltire (the arms equal to 1/5 of the flag's width), over all a yellow anchor (without rope) which bears a letter A, also yellow: its apex has been flattened to run parallel to, and immediately below, the anchor's stock. Incidentally, the A rests completely within the saltire, you could say it sits astride on it. The anchor itself takes up about 1/3 of the flag's length and almost completely fills up the flag's width. Funnel: black.
See also previous flag below, showing an earlier, pre-WWI version (technically, a Hungarian house flag).
The blue in the 1930 flag could refer to Italy, whereas the central emblem survived in a adapted form. I believe the firm helped to make up a new company to be called Adriatica di Navigazione.
Jan Mertens, 31 October 2003

In "All about Ships and Shipping", 1938 I found about the same image, with minor differences: the legs of the "A" are in blue; the anchor takes 2/3 flagheight, and there's a yellow 5-pointed star in the top.
Caption: "Adria", Soc. Anon. di Nav. Marittima (I sailed by one of their ships from Palermo to Tunis in 1965).
Jarig Bakker, 31 October 2003

I did see a very small yellow speck on the 1930 image... I thought it was due to bad printing...
Jan Mertens, 31 October 2003

My deductions, which are only guesswork, are that it originated as the Austro-Hungarian company shown by Griffin 1895 as Adriatic Hungarian Sea Navigation Co. or Adria-Hungarian Sea Navigation Co., by Lloyds 1904, 1912 and Reed 1912 as Royal Hungarian Sea Navigation Co. "Adria" Ltd., and by Merchant Ships 1942 as the Hungarian company Adria Regia Ungarica which after WWI became the Italian Adria company [i.e. "Adria" Società Anonima di Navigazione Marittima] which merged into Società Anonima di Navigazione "Tirrenia" in 1938.
For the "Previous Flag" four sources show flags differing slightly in each case. Griffin 1895 has the emblem in black outline on the white oval comprising a foul anchor with above it a crown and below a scroll. Lloyds 1904 shows basically the same except it is in red and the crown looks more like a mitre and touches the top of the anchor and there is a suggestion (possibly imagination) that a red "A" surmounts the anchor stock with the scroll shown as red with white print. Lloyds 1912 shows a blue anchor but the crown and scroll look more like printing blots or possibly misprinting of the anchor cable [I am working from an actual edition which I assume is also clearer than the web version], and I presume that fairly enough they have been ignored when producing the previous flag shown as what they actually are only becomes clear when comparing with the other sources. Finally Reed 1912 gives a larger oval touching top and bottom which is basically the same with the red "A" appearing to exist and the scroll being red with black letters. None of the scrolls can be read of course.
Neale Rosanoski, 24 March 2004

The item atop the emblem would be, most probably the St. Stephen's crown (I think it is a safe guess), but I decided to ignore it for the moment, just as I did with the scroll (that would read, no doubt either "ADRIA" or "FIUME"). Anyway, the details for the emblem were of little significance for the books of the kind we use as sources here (they were meant for recognizing purposes and not to be fully faitful), and we would probably need to get hold of a real flag or at least some other material containing the Adrial logo (like the headers of writing paper or the time tables). Anyway, it seems to me that the letter A and the cable was red, while the anchor was blue.
}eljko Heimer, 27 March 2004

Previous Flag ?


by }eljko Heimer, 27 March 2004

After looking at the Lloyd's 1912 on the Net, I found the drawing of the previous company of the same name (it's listed under number 188 there).
}eljko Heimer, 26 December 2003

The post 1918 flag of the S.A. di Navigazione Maritima "Adria" - Fiume is blue with red saltire and overall an anchor and a letter A topped with a yellow five-pointed star. My image is prepaired based on Larousse Commercial, 1930 (thanks to Jan Mertens) and "All about Ships and Shipping", 1938 (thanks to Jarig Bakker).
This only makes the assumption of the crown above the pre-1918 emblem more probably - the five-pointed "star of freedom" was the emblem of Fiume that replaced the Hungarian emblems "as a mater of default", if I am not much mistaken.
}eljko Heimer, 27 March 2004


Adriatica di Navigazione


by Jorge Candeias, 5 Febuary 1999

A white-red vertical bicolour with the lion of St. Marcus centered.
Jorge Candeias, 5 Febuary 1999

The flag of this maritime company based in Venice , Italy (as can see also from its flag) is based on http://www.adriatica.it/inglese/index.html (defunct) and can be seen here.
Dov Gutterman , 16 January 1999

Formed 1932 by the merger of several companies as Compagnia di Navigazione Adriatica with subsequent changes leading to the current title of Adriatica di Navigazione S.p.A.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2003


Alpha Trading


by Jarig Bakker, 11 July 2004

Alpha Trading SpA (Milan, Genoa; also Monaco) is an Italian firm founded in 1985 dealing in various petroleum-based products, active on the home market (ports, for instance) and also internationally.
The firm's flag with company logo at <www.alphatrading.it> is showing a white sunburst on a red panel in the center of a white flag.
Jan Mertens, 18 January 2004


Angelo Parodi


by Jarig Bakker, 14 January 2005

Angelo Parodi, Genoa - white flag; red intertwined "AP".
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26].
Jarig Bakker, 14 January 2005


by Ivan Sache, 21 February 2005


by Ivan Sache, 21 February 2005

Angelo Parodi - Appears to have become Società Anonima Emanuele V. Parodi by the 1930s [a later ship was name "Angelo Parodi"] with the flag first of all having a small horizontal biband canton of yellow and blue [see here] as shown by Talbot-Booth in 1936-1938, or by adding the canton and changing the letter to a single "P" [see here] as shown by Brown 1934 onwards and Talbot-Booth agreeing by 1942. Dating from 1896 the company sold its last ships in 1965.
Neale Rosanoski, 20 February 2005


Attilio Milesi, Fu Pietro


by Ivan Sache, 1 Febuary 2004

Following the link found by Joe Mc Millan - The Mystic Seaport Foundation <www.mysticseaport.org>, we can reach the 1911 Lloyd's flagbook, whose full title is (after the scan of the cover): 'Lloyd's book of house flags and funnels of the principal steamship lines of the world and the house flags of various lines of sailing vessels', published at Lloyd's Royal Exchange. London. E.C. On p. 134, we have:
#2052. Attilio Milesi, Fu Pietro, Genoa. The flag is swallow-tailed, blue with a M (white) near the hoist and two white stars placed vertically near the fly.
Ivan Sache, 1 Febuary 2004


Becchi & Calcagno


by Jarig Bakker, 19 February 2004

Becchi & Calcagno, Savona - horizontal triband RWR, proportioned 1:2:1; on white contoured "B.C.".
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 19 February 2004


Carboflotta


by Ivan Sache, 2 November 2003

Gruppo Carboflotta (including Carbofin and Carbonor) is based in Genoa. The houseflag of the company is blue with a white B letter in the middle, flanked by two white stars. I assume B is the initial of the name of the founder or a former owner of the company.
Source: <www.omniainformatica.it>, located by Jan Mertens.
Ivan Sache, 2 November 2003

This is the cable address of Union Ligure Armamento S.r.l., formed 1952, with their shipping subsidiary (as at Lloyds 2000) being Carbofin S.p.A. [I have nothing on Carbonor but assume they are another subsidiary]. The flag is that of Bibolini Società di Navigazione S.p.A. and regular sources show the stars being erect i.e. top point straight up. There is a connection of some sort between the companies [possibly on a chartering bases] and also likely with other "Carbo" companies of the past but it is not clear. The Bibolini company originated pre WW2 as Giovanni B. Bibolini who had a blue flag bearing a white "B" only and Brown 1958 gives this livery as applying to Unione Ligure Armamento as well as to Transoceanica Genovese S.p.A. (latter not traced). Bibolini ceased to be shipowners sometime between 1985 and 1992.
Neale Rosanoski, 3 January 2004

Carbonor S.p.A. now located as formed 2000 as a name subsidiary of Carbofin S.p.A. By "name subsidiary" I mean one for which no address is given indicating that it only exists as a name under which ships are officially owned. Also, my previous comment referring to "this is the cable address" etc, would clarify better if it read as  "the website shows the cable address" etc.
Neale Rosanoski, 24 March 2004


C.B.I. Navi spa


by Jorge Candeias, 1 April 1999

A sort of a non-swallowtailed burgee, red, with dark blue stripes along the top and bottom edges and a yellow logo shifted to the hoist, consisting of the overlapping letters "N" and "C".
Jorge Candeias, 1 April 1999


C. Camuzzi E Cie


by Jarig Bakker, 18 December 2004

C. Camuzzi E Cie; Milano - green burgee; white disk charged with concentric "CCCI" in red.
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 18 December 2004


China Shipping (Italy) Agency


by Dov Gutterman, 4 November 2003

From <www.finsea.it>: "China Shipping (Italy) Agency Co. is the new "starring" Agency in the Italian Shipping world. Founded in the early 1999 through a joint venture between the Shanghai giant China Shipping (Group) Co. and the Genoese fast foregoing Finsea Holding, clustering Ship Agencies, Port Terminal and Logistic activities, CS(I)A became operative in the autumn same year."
The flag is blue logo on white, as seen in a photo at that page.
Dov Gutterman, 4 November 2003


Coeclerici Group


by Jorge Candeias, 7 Febuary 1999

White with two blue horizontal stripes along the upper and lower edges and the red logo shifted to the hoist. The logo is a pair of "C"s limited above and below by horizontal bars.
Jorge Candeias, 7 Febuary 1999

A real flag from from: <www.coeclerici.com> can be seen here.
Dov Gutterman, 27 January 1999

Originated in 1909 from the partnership of Henry Coe and Alfonso Clerici Sr. beginning shipowning in 1912. In 1985 they operated through the newly formed subsidiary of Bulkitalia S.p.A. which merged in 1994 with Fermar S.p.A. to form Coeclerici Armatori S.p.A.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2003


Costa Containers Lines


by Jorge Candeias, 22 April 2002

Costa Containers Lines S. p. A. serves ports in 5 different geographical areas: South America, Central America, Canada-Cuba-Mexico, Mediterranean and West Africa. The logo consists of a rectangular field, divided black over dark red, diagonally from (if it indeed is a flag) lower hoist to upper fly, and charged with large yellow initials: CCL.
Source: "Carga e Transportes".
Jorge Candeias, 22 April 2002

The "Costa" shipping company is Italian and has its head offices in Genoa. One of its divisions is a "Costa Crociere", known by its trips of pleasure. Other one is "Costa Container Lines", whose agents in Portugal are Garland Navegacao Lda.
Aingeru Astui, 22 April 2002

I found the company website at <www.costacontainer.com>. Aingeru's information is confirmed. I was unable to find a proper flag, but it seems the red of the logo is a regular red, not the dark red as appars in the newspaper. I won't recolour my image, though, until it's proven that it's a proper houseflag and not just a logo...
Jorge Candeias, 22 April 2002

Viewing the company website I agree that the red is ordinary but point out that the black is actually blue. Not sure whether the flag exists but the design appears on the funnel so prospects are likely. Don't know about the connection with Costa Crociere S.p.A. as that company is now part of Carnival Corporation and that group is only involved in cruise shipping.
Neale Rosanoski, 7 January 2004

There is a drawing of the flag at <www.gapgroup.com>.
Jan Mertens, 2 April 2004


Cosulich


by Jarig Bakker, 26 October 2003

At home I have a stout "Larousse Commercial Illustré" (a kind of trade encyclopedia) published in Paris, 1930. It has four pages in colour illustrating house flags; a note identifies it as the work of Sandy Hook.
In this book, I found "Cosulich" (Trieste - different from Fratelli Cosulich): three horizontal stripes, the upper and lower one themselves horizontally divided red-white-red, the central one diagonally divided: upper and lower triangles green, the left and right ones white bearing a black C and T, respectively. The horizontal division is 4:7:4. The letters are at the extreme end of their respective triangles, where they have most space. The two RWR bands on the Cosulich flag have horizontal divisions. (Funnel: red-white-red, black at the top).
Jan Mertens, 26 October 2003

This is the same as Fratelli Cosulich. I presume that the "P" shown in the fly is incorrect as the text mentions "T",  and this version indeed is one I have missed spotting as it is shown by Brown 1926 who then in 1929 changes the letter to an "L".  "T" is also shown by the Lloyd Reedereiflaggen cigarette card collection of 1933 but this probably originates from Brown 1926. On the assumption that "T" signifies Trieste its use is logical whereas the meaning of  "L" is not clear but apart from Brown 1929 its use is also given by Reid-Corson and Bonsor in their books on the North Atlantic passenger trade although as the latter two do not specify where their information originates from this may not be proper support.
Jan's source does differ from most others though in the basic format as they show a further white band top and bottom between the central green-white diagonal quarters and the red bands. See here.
Neale Rosanoski, 3 January 2004

Flag At Brown's


by Jarig Bakker, 24 January 2005

Soc. Triestina di Nav. "Cosulich", Trieste - top and bottom two red and two narrow white stripes; green center; at hoist and fly white triangle charged with black "C" and "T" respectively.
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26].
Jarig Bakker, 24 January 2005

Fratelli Cosulich


by Jorge Candeias, 10 Febuary 1999

9 red and yellow horizontal stripes with two vertical tripes at the hoist in opposite colour. I'm not sure about the yellow, since the original image had a black transparent colour, making the flag together with the background. Please correct if wrong. It's a very Bremen-like flag for an italian company, isn't it?
Jorge Candeias, 4 Febuary 1999

My impression is that it was red and white.
Al Fisher, 4 Febuary 1999

Following Al's information, I turned the yellow into white. Now, this is a Bremen flag I find it weird.
Jorge Candeias, 10 Febuary 1999

The flag can be seen at the company site: <www.cosulich.it>
Dov Gutterman, 20 January 1999

The corrected colors - red and white, are the right ones.  Iti s not Bremen colors but Austrian. Cosulich started its life as Austro-American under the Habsburgs and only became Italian by the stroke of a pen in 1919 when Trieste went to Italy after WWI and Austria lost her seacoast.
Charles Dragonette, 10 July 2000

Originated 1857 and in 1903 formed Societ? Anonima Unione Austriaca di Navigizione ,also known as the Austro-Americana Line, being Austrian at this point. The flag is uncertain being shown by Lloyds 1904 and 1912 with the hoist similar to the flag above except the numbers of bands in the hoist "check" is shown as 12 whilst Reed 1912 only shows 10 and Bonsor in the North Atlantic Seaway makes no mention at all of this design, with the main field consisting of 8 narrower horizontal bands in 2 groups of 4 of red-white in chief and white-red in base with the groups separated by a wider band taking about 1/3 the flag and consisting of diagonal quarters of red-white with the white quarters each bearing a black "A". Again Bonsor varies by having the two groups each of 3 red and 3 white (and does not clarify whether the lower group has red on the base or white) and gives the letters as being red. After WW1 on becoming part of Italy the company became "Cosulich" Societ? Triestina di Navigazione in 1919 with a change in the flag with the hoist "checks" done away with and the central band becoming a diagonal quarter of green-white with the black letters becoming  "C" and "L". In 1/1932 it was merged into Italia Flotte Riunite. In 1946 the current company of Fratelli Cosulich S.p.A. was formed reviving the name and using a variation of the flag format.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2003


Corrado


by Paul, 25 December 2002

Name: "Corrado," Societa di Navigazione.
Circa: early 1950s.
Source: Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours by Colin Stewart c.1956.
Note: Due to 4-color printing, exact shades are difficult to determine.
Paul, 25 December 2002

"Corrado" Società di Navigazione. Formed 1927 and operated until c.mid 1970s.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2003


D'Alesio


by Ivan Sache, 2 November 2003

D'Alesio Group (including D'Alesio and Dalmare) is based in Livorno. The houseflag of D'Alesio is a triangular flag horizontally divided blue-red-blue.
Source: <www.omniainformatica.it>, located by Jan Mertens.
Ivan Sache, 2 November 2003


D'Amico


by Jorge Candeias, 2 Febuary 1999

A black and light blue compass-card ornamented in the top with what looks like a couple of joysticks (?) on a yellow field.
Jorge Candeias, 2 Febuary 1999

d'Amico Società di Navigazione S.p.A. formed 1952 by 2 of the brothers from Fratelli d'Amico. This flag is shown as a logo on the company website and I have recorded it from a paper ad in 1977. It, or a simpler variation, is also shown as the emblem on the funnels but according to Brown (1958, 1982 and 1995) the flag is yellow with a narrow blue bend.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2003


Eagle


by Jorge Candeias

The logo is a drawing like this flag.
Jorge Candeias, 30 Jan 1998

According to InfoMare the only company to fit the flag is Eagle Containers co. of La-Spezia , Italy..
Dov Gutterman
, 15 January 1999


EneRmaR Trasporti Isole Sarde


by Ivan Sache, 18 October 2003

Houseflag of EneRmaR Trasporti Isole Sarde (Genoa, Italy) is based on <www.enermar.it>.
Dov Gutterman, 18 October 2003


Euroceanica


by Jorge Candeias, 4 March 1999

White with a logo centered, consisting of a greyish blue "E" to the left with the central bar crossing a green globe-like device and ending in an arrow-point.
Jorge Candeias, 4 March 1999

Full name Euroceanica Investments B.V. and from their phone number the company is Swiss being based Geneva They appear to be more of an investment company rather than shipping being linked with Rimorchiatori Riuniti S.p.A.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2003


Fassio


by Jarig Bakker, 14 July 2004

"Fassio", Soc. di Nav., S.p.A., Genoa - from Loughran (1979) - BWB proportoned (c.) 1:4:1, on white at the hoist blue capital F.
See also: Villain & Fassio.
Jarig Bakker, 14 July 2004


Finarge


by Jorge Candeias, 31 March 1999

A triangular flag with the tip cutted out (is there a specific name for this shape?). White with a dark red cross and the black initials "RR" in the first quarter.
Jorge Candeias, 31 March 1999

The "RR" on the flag presumably comes from the Rimorchiatori Riuniti S.p.A. connection of which it is a subsidiary, operating the offshore vessels and deep sea tugs of the group, the full name being Finarge-Armamento Genovese S.r.l. Genovese S.p.A. I have doubts about whether the pennant has a square point. The company website image does look like it but as it is small and also depicts a waving flying flag, a false impression may have resulted.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2003


Finbeta


by Jarig Bakker, 11 July 2004

From <www.finbeta.com>: "Finbeta S.p.a. is an Italian shipping company based in Savona and controlled by the Bertani family which operates a fleet of chemical parcel tankers".
The flag at this site is an horizontal red-yellow-red-yellow-red flag charged with red logo on white sqare.
Dov Gutterman, 4 November 2003


Fratelli d'Amico


by Jarig Bakker, 9 January 2005

From Scott, R.M.: The Caltex book of Flags and Funnels, Capetown, Caltex Africa Ltd. (1959):  
#190 Fratelli d'Amico, Rome - yellow flag charge with kind of blue Maltese cross.
See also: D'Amico
Jarig Bakker, 9 January 2005

It is: Or, a Maltese cross and a roundel at the center point, azure.
Lewis A. Nowitz, 9 January 2005

Going by the company website (<www.damicofratelli.it>) the core of the cross is white, not blue and most sources so show.
Neale Rosanoski, 20 February 2005


Fratelli Semidei


by Ivan Sache, 14 January 2004

Following the link found by Joe Mc Millan - The Mystic Seaport Foundation <www.mysticseaport.org>, we can reach the 1911 Lloyd's flagbook, whose full title is (after the scan of the cover): 'Lloyd's book of house flags and funnels of the principal steamship lines of the world and the house flags of various lines of sailing vessels', published at Lloyd's Royal Exchange. London. E.C.
The house flags of sailing vessels are shown on pages 133 to 136. On p. 133 we have:
#2031. Fratelli A.A.G. (or O?) Semides, Genoa. The flag is blue with the letters F S (white).
Ivan Sache, 14 January 2004

Title is Fratelli A. & G. Semidei, "Fratelli" translating as "Brothers".
Neale Rosanoski, 24 March 2004


F.S. Ciampa & Figli


by Jarig Bakker, 24 January 2005

F.S. Ciampa & Figli, Piano di Sorrento - blue flag, white "C".
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26].
Jarig Bakker, 24 January 2005


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