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Noordzee (The Netherlands)

Shipping Company, Amsterdam

Last modified: 2005-02-26 by jarig bakker
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[Noordzee houseflag] by Jarig Bakker, 15 Oct 2003 See also:


N.V Stoomvaartmaatschappij "Noordzee", Amsterdam Houseflag: red with a central narrow vertical Black Band charged with XNX.
Image from Flagchart of houseflags of Dutch shipping companies, attached to the magazine "De Blauwe Wimpel", April 1956.
Jarig Bakker, 15 Oct 2003

Is this flag deliberately based on the arms of Amsterdam, or is this a coincidence?
James Dignan, 16 Oct 2003

Noordzee. It certainly appears that the flag was based on the Arms of Amsterdam. The company operated from 1916 until the mid 1960s and pre WW2 the central black panel bore 3 white "X"s like the Arms with the red panels each bearing 2 white letters one above the other i.e. in more usual terms, treating the field as red, there are white letters in the corners. However they either changed these frequently, or more likely, sightings were unreliable. Brown 1926 shows 'SMMN' in the corners, changing in 1929 to 'SLMN' and then settling on 'SVMN' in 1934 and 1943. Talbot-Booth 1942 and 1944 agrees with Brown 1926 having 'SMMN' but the correct version is probably confirmed by the Dutch publication Wij Varen Weer of 1946 which shows 'SVMN' with a possible interpretation being that the letters stand for Stoom Vaart Maatschappij Noordzee. I would be more confident of this but for the fact that the funnels showed the flag as a band and some of the sources show different letters on this to those that they show for the flag and this includes Wij Varen Weer as their funnel image has the letters as 'SMVN'.
Neale Rosanoski, 9 Nov 2003

Noordzee SVMN flag

[Noordzee SVMN flag] by Jarig Bakker, 10 Nov 2003 after image sent by Neale Rosanoski, 9 Nov 2003

Red with in the center a vertical black stripe with three white X's in a vertical row; on red white capitals SVMN.
Jarig Bakker, 10 Nov 2003

Noordzee other flag

[Noordzee other flag] by Jarig Bakker, 17 Jan 2005

Stoomvaart Maatschappij Noordzee, Amsterdam - red flag, black vertical stripe, charged with three saltires in vertical row; in
all quarters white "SMMN" - another variation.
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26].
Jarig Bakker, 17 Jan 2005