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House flags of Swedish Shipping Companies (9)

Last modified: 2006-09-14 by phil nelson
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[Rederi AB Jan]

[Jan] image by Jarig Bakker, 15 August 2005

blue flag, white fly diagonal, at hoist top a white 5-pointed star.
Jarig Bakker, 15 August 2005

Joh Gorthon & Gorthon, O. Sten & Gorthon, Stig

[Joh Gorthon] image by Jarig Bakker

Joh Gorthon & Gorthon, O. Sten & Gorthon, Stig.: White with a blue circle in the centre containing two intertwined yellow stylised Gs (one reversed). I'd guess by the name, colours, and design that this is Swedish. Gorthon Rederier - Lloyd's description: White Ground; blue disc with yellow device based on G.

I have not found any source which shows the horizontal white line in the base on the emblem which is, according to Talbot-Booth, the same as the cipher of King Olav. Formed 1921 and according to Lloyds known as Gorthons Rederi A/B until 1987 when it became Gorthon Lines A/B, changing in 1995 to B&N Gorthon Lines A/B and then changing back again in 1997 to Gorthon Lines A/B. However post WW2 they themselves initially showed the fleet under separate headings for O. Sten Gorthon and Stig. Gorthon operating through subsidiaries.
Neale Rosanoski, 6 January 2004

[Ångbåts AB Kalmarsund]

[Kalmarsund] image by Jarig Bakker, 15 August 2005

Kalmar, ship: S/S Kalmar, built 1916, +1923

white swallowtail with the firm's logo. The castle is probably from the arms of Kalmar city, but the image is sufficiently dim to represent something completely different.
Jarig Bakker, 15 August 2005

US Navy (1961) rendition Talbot Booth rendition

[Kalmarsund - US Navy]

[Kalmarsund - Talbot-Booth]

images contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 18 May 2006

Not an easy image to portray in small format. US Navy 1961 [usn61] varies it with the shield having a red frame on which appear 22 white stars, the building being a red castle of 2 outer towers each of which is ensigned with a yellow 5 pointed star Talbot-Booth 1937 and 1938 books show a blue tower.
Neale Rosanoski, 18 May 2006

Later flag

[Kalmarsund - later version] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 18 May 2006

There was a later change to a blue flag with a broad yellow horizontal band bearing a blue logo. A cap badge of this is shown by Collectors Corner but under the name of Kihlship which traces back to Lennart Kihlberg and Kihlberg-Rederierna A/B who were operators from the early 1970s and appear to have taken them over shortly afterwards, or alternatively they acquired part of the Kalmarsund fleet and retained them in the original livery. The flag is also shown by Josef Nüsse as Swedish Gulf Line Shipping A/B after they had sent him the flag with the connection being that this company, which seems to be Kihlberg subsidiary, became agents for sundry ships previously shown under Kihlberg and this included the ex Kalmarsund vessels. That it was the Kalmarsund flag is, I am advised, confirmed by a letter from the company to the editor of Brown 1982 [lgr82] in 1979.
Neale Rosanoski, 18 May 2006

Kihlberg Rederier

[Kihlberg Rederier] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 18 May 2006

ship leased to: Inggesund Paper

[Kihlberg Rederier] image by Jarig Bakker, 15 August 2005

Timecharter för Iggesund - ship Breant - white flag, crowned blue anchor.
Jarig Bakker, 15 August 2005

This is not the flag of that company but of Iggesund A/B as shown by Brown 1995 [lgr95] with the logo to be sighted on the website of Iggesund Paperboard A/B. It seems that at one period the company chartered vessels to transport its products with the connection in this case being the Kihlberg ship "Breant" which was built and time chartered to Iggesund from 1979 to 1981, the vessel being named after the Iggesund founder, the Frenchman Isak Breant who started an iron mill and adopted a crowned iron anchor as his emblem. The website shows no indication that there is still a shipping division.

Lennart Kihlberg who operated principally as Kihlberg-Rederierna A/B had a blue flag with a white "K" which is shown by Brown 1978 and a cap badge in Collectors Corner where it is shown under Kihlship which was another subsidiary.
Neale Rosanoski, 18 May 2006