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Houseflags of South African shipping companies

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African Coasters

  by Jarig Bakker, 05 Jan 2005

From Scott, R.M., The Caltex Book of Flags and Funnels, Cape Town, Caltex Africa Ltd. (1959).
#136 African Coasters (Pty.) Ltd., Durban - quartered per saltire orange - white - blue - white; on white red "AC".
Jarig Bakker, 05 Jan 2005

This version is also shown by US Navy 1961 and Stewart 1963 whereas Brown 1951 changed the orange quarter to yellow and had black letters.
Neale Rosanoski, 28 Feb 2005


Aliwal Steamship Co.

  by Jarig Bakker, 29 Dec 2004

From Scott, R.M., The Caltex Book of Flags and Funnels, Cape Town, Caltex Africa Ltd. (1959).
#37 Aliwal Steamship Co., Cape Town (Panama flag) - red flag, blue "A" contoured white
Aliwal is a town in the Punjab, India. Aliwal North is a town in the Free State province of South Africa, southwest of Lesotho.
Jarig Bakker, 29 Dec 2004


Cephalonia Shipping  

  by Martin Grieve, 31 Mar 2005

Cephalonia Shipping (Pty) Ltd registered a flag with the South African Bureau of Heraldry on 18 April 1975 with the description:  On  a rectangular flag Azure, a sun in splendor Or.
Source: Data of the Bureau of Heraldry on registered heraldic representations.
Mark Sensen, 19 May 2002


Durban Coasters

  by Jarig Bakker, 02 Jan 2005

From Scott, R.M., The Caltex Book of Flags and Funnels, Cape Town, Caltex Africa Ltd. (1959).
#60 Durban Coasters Ltd., Durban - yellow swallow tail background with blue Scandinavian-style cross.
Jarig Bakker, 02 Jan 2005


Grincor

[Grincor houseflag]  by Jorge Candeias, 12 Feb 1999

A triangular red flag with a bold italic "G" in white.
Jorge Candeias, 12 Feb 1999


Irvin & Johnson (I&J)

  by Jarig Bakker, 30 Dec 2004

From Scott, R.M., The Caltex Book of Flags and Funnels, Cape Town, Caltex Africa Ltd. (1959).
#48 Irvin & Johnson, Cape Town - horizontal triband of Red, White and Red.
Jarig Bakker, 30 Dec 2004

André Burgers of Cape Town writes:
I&J is a deep sea fishing company and I am not sure it belongs here. At the start of World War 2, South Africa had no navy and a sea service called the Seaward Defence Force (SDF) was hurriedly created from which the modern SA Navy traces its origins. This force's primary purpose was
minesweeping and anti-submarine work around the South African coast (although they later also served in the Mediterranean). Most of the vessels came from requisioned trawlers from the local fishing (and whaling) companies of which Irvin and Johnson was one of the biggest and contributed the most vessels. The Nazi propaganda radio station operating from the occupied Netherlands (Radio Hilversum) aimed directly at South Africa and
broadcasting in Afrikaans, dubbed the SDF derogatively the Irvin & Johnson Navy! Those little ships, however, did sterling work throughout
the war and four of them were lost in the Med by mines or through direct enemy action. Most were returned to their original owners after the war.
Irvin & Johnson is still the biggest deep sea fishing company operating in the Southern Oceans from Cape Town but their ships are now very much bigger than those used in World War 2.
Jarig Bakker, 30 Dec 2004


Point Shipping Company

  by Jarig Bakker, 02 Jan 2005

From Scott, R.M., The Caltex Book of Flags and Funnels, Cape Town, Caltex Africa Ltd. (1959).
#54 Point Shipping Co., Durban - per fly diagonal green - yellow; black  "PSC".
Jarig Bakker, 02 Jan 2005


Safmarine 

[Safmarine houseflag] by Jorge Candeias, 3 Feb 2002

The Safmarine flag is an orange Scandinavian cross, fimbriated in blue – since the company was largely Government-owned, it was expected to reflect the orange, white and blue so beloved of the former National Party government.
The company has largely been sold off, and I'm not sure how the ownership is currently structured.
Mike Oettle, 3 Feb 2002

Safmarine Agencies registered a flag on 3 September 1969 with the South African Bureau of Heraldry with the 
description: Argent a cross Tenne bordered Azure.
Source: Data of the Bureau of Heraldry on registered heraldic representations.
Mark Sensen, 19 May 2002
 


Smith's Coasters

  by Jarig Bakker, 07 Jan 2005

From Scott, R.M., The Caltex Book of Flags and Funnels, Capetown, Caltex Africa Ltd. (1959).
#163 Smith's Coasters (Pty.) Ltd., Durban - red flag, white hoist diagonal charged with red "C.G.S".
Jarig Bakker, 07 Jan 2005

The letters stand for the original owners, C.G. Smith & Co. Ltd.
Neale Rosanoski, 28 Feb 2005


South African Lines (SAL)

  by Jarig Bakker, 02 Jan 2005

From Scott, R.M., The Caltex Book of Flags and Funnels, CapeTown, Caltex Africa Ltd. (1959).
#77 South African Lines, Cape Town - seven horizontal stripes of blue and yellow; in center white "SAL".
Jarig Bakker, 02 Jan 2005


Thesen's Steam Ship Co.

by Jarig Bakker, 01 Sept 2004

From the link provided by Barbara Tomlinson of The National Maritime  Museum: "The house flag of Thesen's Steam Ship Co. Ltd, Cape Town. The flag is a
red swallow-tailed burgee with a five-pointed white star. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist."
Jarig Bakker, 01 Sept 2004

From Scott, R.M., The Caltex Book of Flags and Funnels, Cape Town, Caltex Africa Ltd. (1959).
#94 Thesen's Steamship Co. Ltd, Cape Town - red swallow tail, white 5-pointed star.
Jarig Bakker, 04 Jan 2005


Tristan Development Corporation

  by Jarig Bakker, 07 Jan 2005

From Scott, R.M., The Caltex Book of Flags and Funnels, Cape Town, Caltex Africa Ltd. (1959).
#165 Tristan Development Corporation, Cape Town - red flag, white diamond, black "T".
Jarig Bakker, 07 Jan 2005


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