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Last modified: 2006-07-22 by rob raeside
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Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line

[Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line houseflag] image by James Dignan

Based on an illustration by Sampson (1957)
James Dignan, 8 October 2003

I have also a flag with the star pointing upwards.
Jarig Bakker, 8 October 2003

Brown's Flags and Funnels (1940):
Aberdeen and Commonwealth Line, ltd. (Geo. Thompson & Co., Ltd.), London
Funnel: Yellow.
Flag: Red over blue, a white six-pointed star pointing flywise. The star may be intended as having a spanning circle half the height of the flag.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 18 October 2003

"Flags and Funnels of the British and Commonwealth Merchant Fleets" shows a five-pointed star.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 8 June 2006

Aberdeen Coal and Shipping Co., Ltd.

[Aberdeen Coal and Shipping Co. Ltd. houseflag] image by Phil Nelson, 8 April 2000

from Stewart and Styring's Flags, Funnels and Hull Colors 1963

Aberdeen Coal & Shipping Co. Ltd. originated 1902 as the Aberdeen Coal Co. Ltd. changing its name as noted by Brown 1926 but continuing to show the original flag, which had the red letters "A.C.C." on the central stripe, apparently to post WW2 with Brown 1951 still showing this version and Stewart & Styring (1963) being the first to show the new flag.
Neale Rosanoski, 9 February 2004

Aberdeen Steam Navigation Co.

[Aberdeen Steam Navigation Co. Ltd. houseflag] image from Port Cities

located by Jan Mertens, 7 February 2005

The house flag of the Aberdeen Steam Navigation Company, blue-white-blue vertical triband. The company's operations included services between Aberdeen and the Aberdeen Wharf in Limehouse for over a century.

Adelaide Steamship Co.

[Adelaide Steamship Co. houseflag] image by James Dignan

Based on Sampson (1957)
James Dignan, 10 October 2003

Formed in 1875. Merged with Gulf Steamship Company in 1882. The company has been reorganized from liquidation in 1900 and 1920. The company stopped operating as a maritime entity in 1977 changing its name to Residual Assco Group Ltd. The Marine division became Adsteam Marine Ltd. Australia.
Phil Nelson, 10 October 2003

The Adelaide Steamship Co. Ltd.: Sources generally indicate a larger star. According to Loughran (1979) the flag originated from the "X" international signal flag with the addition of the star. The change of name given as 1977 (possibly confusion here with a proposed merger with Howard Smith which the Trade Practices Tribunal refused to sanction] was actually 1997 and the shipping interests handled by Adsteam Marine were mainly tugs, mostly in joint ventures with Howard Smith Ltd. who were the operators. The Adsteam shareholding was immediately put on the market by Adelaide Steam and oversubscribed.
Neale Rosanoski, 9 February 2004

Aitken, Lilburn & Co. (Loch Line)

[Aitken, Lilburn & Co. houseflag] image by Ivan Sache

The flag is white with a red triangle charged with the letters G.S.C. Co (white).
Source: 1911 Lloyd's flagbook, as illustrated at The Mystic Seaport Foundation.
Ivan Sache, 14 January 2004

Ald Shipping Co.

[Ald Shipping Co. houseflag] image by James Dignan

Based on Sampson (1957)
James Dignan, 12 October 2003

Appears to have been out of Bristol.
Phil Nelson, 12 October 2003

Ald Shipping Co. Formed 1923 and out of Bristol, last ship sold in 1960.
Neale Rosanoski, 9 February 2004

Alexandra Towing

[Alexandra Towing houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, based on the website of the National Maritime Museum.

The house flag of the Alexandra Towing Co. Ltd, Liverpool. On a white background, there is a red cross with the initials 'ATCL' in the quarters. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist and is machine sewn. A rope and toggle is attached.

"The company were tug owners, originating in Liverpool and initially operating in the docks and on the Manchester ship canal. They incorporated Alexandra Towing Co. on 11 August 1887. In 1908 the company took over the six tugs of the W. & T. Joliffe fleet, designed for sea towing. The Alexandra tugs followed the passenger liners to Southampton in 1919 and the firm also opened an office at Swansea in 1925. They took over their Liverpool rivals W. H. Lamey in 1968 and various other local firms in 1967 in a bid to rationalize the towage business on the Mersey. In 1974 they took over London Tugs Ltd, forming Alexandra Towing Co. (London) Ltd. During the 1970s they diversified into other transport businesses."
Jarig Bakker, 3 August 2004

Alfred Holt & Co.

[Alfred Holt & Co. houseflag] image by James Dignan

Based on Sampson (1957)
James Dignan, 10 October 2003

Also known as the Blue Funnel Line - Ocean Steam Ship Company. Ltd., and China Mutual Steam Navigation Company Ltd.
Houseflag: Blue, with White Diamond, AH in Black in center.
Jarig Bakker, 10 October 2003

See for a history of the company.
Phil Nelson, 10 October 2003

Larousse Commercial Illustré (1930) shows Alfred Holt (Blue Funnel Line), Liverpool: blue, a white diamond in the centre bearing a black monogram AH (with serifs, the letters joined). The distances from the flag's edges to the diamond's appear equal (that is to say, about one fourth of flag height), while the monogram's height is about one third of the flag's.
Jan Mertens, 16 May 2004

Allan Line

[Allan Line houseflag]image by Jarig Bakker

The "Allan" Line Steamship Co., Ltd. was founded in Glasgow begin 19th century, and became Ltd in 1897; London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Le Havre - East coast of North America, from the St. Lawrence till the La Plata.
Houseflag: red pennant over a vertical triband of red, white and blue.
Source: Houseflag chart in Brockhaus' Konversations-Lexikon, 14th ed (c.1907)
Jarig Bakker, 13 October 2003

The Allan Line was more formally known as Montreal Ocean Steamship Company. It merged with the Canadian Pacific Line in 1915 and operated as Canadian Pacific Ocean Services afterwards.
Phil Nelson, 13 October 2003

Allan Line. Could also be listed under Canada. They originated from UK as sailing ship operators with the family becoming established on both sides of the Atlantic but the change to steamships was effected by the formation of the Montreal Ocean Steamship Co. in Montreal, with in due course H & A Allan looking after the Canadian side and Allan Brothers the UK side. The 1897 reorganisation saw Montreal Ocean Steamship become Allan Line of Steamships Ltd. and was presumably also registered in Canada with the ships appearing to be registered in either country. The UK company apparently became Hall Brothers Steam Ship Co., U.K. Ltd. and some later sources show the livery under this name and domicile, others inclining to merely using Allan Line. Originally the main flag was blue-white-red, the change being shown by Lloyds 1904 and I suspect that it may have occurred with the 1897 change.
Neale Rosanoski, 9 February 2004

"Flags and Funnels of the British and Commonwealth Merchant Fleets" shows a shorter pennant than shown above.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 8 June 2006

Improper use of French flag in Dublin:
18 June 1868. Captain Robert Jenkins of HMS Royal George at Kingstown reported that SS Moravian owned by J. & A. Allen arrived flying the French flag under a red pennant at the mainmast. The company claimed that the tricolour was their private ensign before it became the French national flag.
[National Archives (PRO) MT 9/47 (M8961/69)]
David Prothero, 8 October 2003

Allantone Supplies Ltd.

[Allantone Supplies Ltd. houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 29 January 2006

Allantone Supplies Ltd., Felixstowe - horizontal 7 stripes of yellow and red; in center orange "A".
Source: Loughran (1995)
Jarig Bakker, 29 January 2006