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House flags of Swedish Shipping Companies (6)

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Nordö Link

[Nordö Link] by Jorge Candeias

[Rederi A/B Nordic] by Jarig Bakker

Originally known as Rederi A/B Nordö changing name by the early 1990s. It is not clear whether this is the Rederi A/B Nordic going back to at least the early 1950s which was based Kalmar and then Oskarshamn with in the early 1970s a company of this name but with a new fleet appearing based Malmö. Acccording to the Collectors Corner cap badges, Nordö of Malmö had a blue swallowtail with a yellow couped cross [see N126 attached] which is supported by Josef Nüsse who shows such a flag under the title of Nordoe-Line whilst also showing the flag shown here by FOTW for Nordö-Link so appears that the Malmö company, if not connected to the earlier company, had a flag change. My view of the Nüsse flag for Rederi A/B Nordö Link is that the colour is a very dark blue, not black.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003

Otto Hillerström

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

Shown under this name pre-WW2, subsequently appearing as Carl Otto Hillerström and Folke Hillerström respectively as separate identities out of the same address and apparently both using this flag. In the early 1970s they combined as Hillerström-Rederierna before ceasing operations.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003

Ragnar Källström

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

The flag appears to be more correctly that of Rederi A/B Rex, Stewart being the only source not to mention the connection. A/B Rex appeared in Lloyds 1912 showing under the control of Wald Beijer. By WW2 it appears under J.M. Källström and then post WW2 by Ragnar Kallström and then by 1970 under Salénrederierna though what livery was then used is unclear. The exact design of what appears to be a compass needle varies with sources with Lloyds showing a bigger design than all others and having a black ring on a solid core. Most others show a design like that depicted by FOTW although judging by that appearing on a funnel the white ring should be a lot thicker. To confuse matters a bit more the flag on the cap badge appearing in Collectors Corner shows a gold ring.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003

I was Terminal and Stevedoring manager of Tor Line Ltd at the Port of Immingham on the Humber Estuary from the inception of Tor Line in 1965 to 1986. Tor Line AB was formed by Rederi Rex (then owned by Ragnar Kallstrom) of Stockholm, and Rederi Transoil of Gothenburg (thus TOR Line's name, TransOilRex)
. Michael Stamford, 5 July 2004

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Rex Line (Rederiaktiebolaget Rex, Stockholm)

[Rex Line (Rederiaktiebolaget Rex, Stockholm)] by Jarig Bakker
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels, 1951

I always understood that the Rex Line (Ragnar Kallstrom) house flag and cap-badge was in fact a compass needle, and that it was inclined at about 59 degrees being the Latitude of Stockholm.
Michael Stamford, 5 July 2004


[Scandlines] by António Martins-Tuválkin

Scandlines, a company operating several ferry lines in the Baltic and North Sea. Its house flag features the company logo, three parallelograms blue, red and yellow, forming a triangle pointing down. The background was usually white, both in real flags on board and at the Swedish side (and also on logos in brochures and inside the ferries), but at the Helsingør harbour I spotted a row of some four or five flag poles flying the same flag but with a dark blue background.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 1999-Oct-21

There are several companies using the "Scandlines" name, the Swedish one being Scandlines A/B renamed 1997 from SweFerry A/B. The flag may also be used by Scandlines A.G. which is a Danish/German amalgamation formed in 1996.A point though on the dark blue flag also seen in that if the field is that colour then the dark blue of the logo would not stand out. On the black funnel the logo blue appears to be a lighter shade which would then enable it to appear on a dark blue flag field.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003