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House flags of Swedish Shipping Companies (10)

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Transatlantic Rederiaktiebolaget

[Transatlantic Rederiaktiebolaget] by Phil Nelson
Source: Colin Stewart and John B. Styring: Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours, 1963 [ssy63].

I assume that the company is in fact Rederiaktiebolaget Transatlantic, given the letters R-A-B-T.
Ole Andersen, 2000-Sep-23

Originated 1904 as Swedish South African Lines with the letters being "SSAL" in place of "RABT". Lloyds confirm that the correct name is Rederiaktiebologet Transatlantic. In 1998 they were acquired by Bilspedition A/B and later lost their identity.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003

Transmarin Aktiebolaget

[Transmarin Aktiebolaget] by Phil Nelson
Source: Colin Stewart and John B. Styring: Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours, 1963 [ssy63].

Transoil, Rederi A/B

[Transoil, Rederi A/B] by Phil Nelson
Source: Colin Stewart and John B. Styring: Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours, 1963 [ssy63]. shows this flag with a much thicker T, and with a truly strange field colour, but I assume it is a scanning artifact (intense light + enamel).
Ole Andersen, 2000-Sep-23

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Trelleborgs Ångfartygs A/B

[Trelleborgs Ångfartygs A/B] by Phil Nelson
Source: Colin Stewart and John B. Styring: Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours, 1963 [ssy63]. has this much more like a yellow cross on blue - Phil's image looks more like a blue saltire on yellow.
Ole Andersen, 2000-Sep-23

The flag should have the yellow "cross" more off centre, a bit like the Swedish national flag. I have seen this flag up close at the Museum of Sea History in Stockholm.
Elias Granqvist, 2001-Mar-31

Wallenius Lines/Wallenius-Wilhelmsen Lines

[Wallenius Lines] by Jorge Candeias, March 1999

Wallanius Lines/Willhelmsen Lines
[Olaf Wallenius Rederi] by Jarig Bakker

The Wallenius line has a green flag with yellow letter OW on it. The official name of the company is Olof Wallenius Rederi AB Soya. It was founded in 1934. In 1999 it merged with Wilhelmsen Lines), apparently Wilhemsen retained its houseflag but for the combined company a new houseflag has been designed, now also wappering on the Wallenius building, mentioned before, which consists of a white field and two blue w's with something like an uppercase o in between (please correct me if I did get this wrong).
Jarig Bakker, 3 August 2003

Waxholms Ångfartygs AB

[Waxholms Ångfartygs AB] by Jorge Candeias

Waxholms Ångfartygs AB (Sweden) - Vertically divided swallowtail, yellow and blue with a large, massive, black "W" over all.
Jorge Candeias, 2001-Mar-28

This company has passenger lines from Stockholm out in the archipelago, e.g. to the town of Vaxholm, which used to be spelled "Waxholm". A short form of the company's name is Waxholmsbolaget.
Elias Granqvist, 2001-Mar-29

Wilhelmsen Steamship Line (Swedish and Norwegian?)

[Wilhelmsen Steamship Line] by Jorge Candeias

At a Brazilian site there's a flag attributed to a Wilhelmsen Steamship Line, a white flag with a blue W, centered.
Jorge Candeias, 2 June 2002

The Brazilian web site is in error in labelling it Swedish.

However, the company has a Swedish connection. In recent times Wilhelmsen cooperates with the Swedish shipping company Wallenius. This company is known as Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines (which was the company that operated the Tampa, the ship that picked up some shipwrecked people off Indonesia and had some difficulties with the Australian government over where to land them). I am not sure, but I think the house flag of Wallenius Wilhelmsen is the very same blue W on white.
Jan Oskar Engene, 5 June 2002

Wilh. Wilhelmsen ASA was a private Norwegian company from 1861 until 1985 when it was restructured as a public company with the current name dating from 1997. From 1.7.99 they formed a merger with the Swedish company Wallenius Rederierna to become Wallenius Wilhelmsen Lines with a white flag bearing 2 connected "W"s, the connection being looped and which can be seen at the Josef Nüsse site but having seen Wallenius car carriers since then it appears that they still operate under their own individual liveries.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003