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Last modified: 2006-07-08 by jarig bakker
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Lensen, Terneuzen

[Lensen houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 28 January 2005

A.C. Lensen, Terneuzen - white flag, blue oblique "L".
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 28 January 2005

Van der Linden

[Van der Linden houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 29 Jun 2006

This is a “Lithuanian” house flag – that of Van der Linden-Schiehaven, company seats at Delft and ’s-Gravendeel.  Website of this inland navigation operator:
As you can see, horizontal, yellow-green-red colour bands adorn these webpages.

Some history from the ‘ons bedrijf’ (i.e. our company) section: founded end of the nineteen forties by Dirk Arie van der Linden as an earthworks firm which expanded after the 1953 dyke disaster, when construction sites went up everywhere.  This was followed by extensive ground preparation works for housing developments.  In the ‘seventies, two distinct Van der Linden firms addressed the need for sand supply and transport plus construction, respectively.  At the moment Van der Linden operates three ships, transporting sand, and two unloading quays.

Have a look at the ‘Merwestad’ barge, first photo of two, in the ‘schepen’ (i.e. ships) section.  Not only is there a shield in the company colours (bearing ‘vdL’ initials in yellow on the green stripe) on the bow, but the house flag is also in evidence (I have no idea about the mainly red flag though).

Then there is this Binnenvaart page showing the ‘Prinsenstad’, where we see the shield again and, in the upper left corner (on the terminal) a board showing the house flag with yellow initials.

Admittedly the Van der Linden site shows the ‘Maasstad’ in front of the same terminal but there the painted flag, and the one on the crane, are unclear (first photo – on the second, a lorry door shows the initialled flag as well).

Lastly, the ‘kippers’ section (meaning lorries!) shows, again, the house flag on the doors.
Jan Mertens, 27 Jun 2006


[Lusitania houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 3 Mar 2005

Jan Mertens reported this link with mainly Dutch houseflags. Lusitania - dark blue flag, divided Czech style by red "Y" fimbriated white; on three blue parts "CPL". The website specifies: "NED" - Dutch.
Jarig Bakker, 3 Mar 2005

The main color of the flag of the Lusitania Lijn was green, not blue. Additional info: the line had two gastankers: Lingegas and Merwegas (now both of Unigas). The manager was P. Mandemaker.
Cees Schuller, 13 Feb 2006

I seem to remember a place called Portugaal near Rotterdam, which would be a convenient port of call for Lusitania  :-)
Ivan Sache, 7 Mar 2005