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House flags of Swedish Shipping Companies (14)

Last modified: 2006-09-23 by phil nelson
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Ragnar Källström

[Kallström] image by Phil Nelson
Source: Colin Stewart and John B. Styring: Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours, 1963 [ste63]

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 World War 2 it appears under J.M. Källström and then post-World War 2 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

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[Rederi AB Ragne]

[Ragne] image by Jarig Bakker, 9 August 2005

White flag, blue saltire; in center white disk bordered blue, charged with red "N".
Jarig Bakker, 9 August 2005

Rederi A/B Ragne was formed by Ragnar and Signe Nilsson and is a combination of their names. Ragnar had been the manager of Fredrik Olsson & Co. with Signe being a daughter of the owner and the company resulted from her share of the family estate. Subsequently the company was operated by their son Lennart Nilsson with financial problems leading to the sale of the fleet by 1979, at which time use of the flag probably ceased, although the company continued to operate as Ragne-Rederierna operating a ferry for Rederi A/B Goteborg-Fredrikshavn Linjen. In 1981 it was bought by L. Jeansson and had a brief revival for a couple of years as Rederi A/B Ragne before folding completely. Whether there was a flag at this end stage is unclear with a funnel report showing a lighter blue flag bearing a white "K" as the emblem but as this letter has no apparent connection with any of the connected parties its significance is unclear.
Neale Rosanoski, 13 August 2006

Rex Line
(Rederiaktiebolaget Rex, Stockholm)

[Rex Line (Rederiaktiebolaget Rex, Stockholm)] image 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

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SCA Shipping

[SCA Shipping] image by Jarig Bakker, 18 August 2005

ship: M/S Munksund, built 1968, Upphuggen 2001 i Indien; blue flag, three white outlined triangles in flag center, placed 2,1.
Jarig Bakker, 18 August 2005

Svenska Cellulosa flags
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images contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 13 August 2006

Svenska Cellulosa A/B was formed 1929 as the holding company for 10 companies in the Swedish forest industry and is today an international company. Originally it operated its ships registered under its own name through operators but in 1967 SCA Transport A/B [as it shown in Lloyds] was formed as it took over operations. The logo adopted in 1941 was based on a sawtooth showing as a ring with a finely serrated inner edge which enclosed a crown above the letters "SCA".

There are several flag variations shown. Two originate from cap badges on the Collectors Corner site, one being a green swallowtail with the outer edge of the sawtooth appearing to be a dark grey and thus allowing the emblem to be in green with in this case small diamonds being placed on either side of the letter group of which the "C" is larger [see leftmost image above].

A second badge shows a royal blue field with the emblem [no diamonds for this or other versions] in gold within a gold frame [second from left, above]. With the change to SCA Transport A/B, which also appears to be called SCA Shipping by the company, a table flag appears on the Josef Nüsse site being white with a mid blue panel bearing the logo in white [see centered flag, above] but from a photo of the "Munksund" I find the actual house flag at sea was entirely blue of a lighter shade, going by the print, with the logo in white [see second from right, above].

In 1990 the company changed their logo to one of 3 interlocking triangles to represent their three business areas of hygiene products, packaging and graphic paper. This has lead to the flag shown by Jarig which his source appears to have taken from Brown 1995 [lgr95]. Its existence as a shipping flag would have been brief because the company divested its shipping interests in 1991, chartering the ships back through its newly named SCA Transforest A/B [which still operates] under a different livery again but no flag found.

I have some doubts about the triangle bearing flag as shown because it does not equate with the actual logo and I also have a rough drawing made by another source which indicates that it was indeed the official version of the interlocking triangles above the letters SCA all in white which appeared on the funnel. Whether the lettering also appeared on the flag is not known but assuming that it did not then it is possible that the flag was actually as shown now depicted at the far right, above. Whilst the company site shows the logo in a bluish metallic colouring on white I did find one example on a building side of the logo and lettering in white on a blue background.
Neale Rosanoski, 13 August 2006

Scandinavian West Africa Line

[Scandinavian West Africa Line] image by Jarig Bakker, 5 July 2004
Source: flagchart Vlaggen in de haven van Amsterdam

Scandinavian West Africa Line — no homeport mentioned; ship: Vikaren. A blue swallowtail with a broad white diagonal from top fly to bottom hoist, charged with capitals SWAL.
Jarig Bakker, 5 July 2004

The firm's seat is, or was, Göteborg (SE).
Jan Mertens, 28 August 2005

Set up during WW2 by a consortium of Rederiaktiebolaget Transatlantic, Det Bergenske Dampskibsselskab and Fearnley & Eger A/S to service the Portuguese colonies in west Africa.
Neale Rosanoski, 13 August 2006