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Toronto/Grand Falls - green flag with two white stripes; between those stripes
Jarig Bakker, 13 December 2005
Presently known as Abitibi-Consolidated following the merger of merger of Abitibi-Price and Stone-Consolidated on May 29th, 1997.
From the company website:
Abitibi-Consolidated is a global leader in newsprint and uncoated groundwood (value-added groundwood) papers as well as a major producer of wood products, generating sales of $5.8 billion in 2004. The Company owns or is a partner in 26 paper mills, 22 sawmills, 5 remanufacturing facilities and 1 engineered wood facility in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., South Korea, China and Thailand.
It's fleet was/is used for shipping newsprint from its facilities.
Phil Nelson, 13 December 2005
Abitibi Paper Co. Ltd. & Price Paper Co. There would seem to be a
error in the flag portrayal by Brown with a missing "i" i.e. the flag
shows "ABITBI-PRICE" instead of [presumably] "ABITIBI-PRICE" being
taken as a printing error as the name is correctly shown in the index.
According to Wikipedia Abitibi Paper Co. Ltd. took a controlling
interest in Price Bros. & Co. Ltd. in 1974 with a corporate name
change in 1979 to Abitibi-Price Inc. eventually merging as noted by
Neale Rosanoski, 12 September 2008
image by Joseph McMillan
From the company website http://www.algonet.com:
Algoma Central was incorporated as Algoma Central Railway Company in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario on August 11, 1899. The Corporation proudly celebrated its Centennial Anniversary throughout the year in 1999.
The Company was founded following the discovery of valuable iron ore in the Michipicoten area of Ontario's Algoma Region in the late 1800's. Francis H. Clergue, the Philadelphia promoter and industrialist, needed to move the ore from the Helen Mine to the harbour on Lake Superior. For this purpose, the Algoma Central Railway was incorporated by Special Act of the Parliament of Canada with capital of three million dollars.
Soon after the railway was in operation from the mine to Michipicoten, four steam vessels were purchased in 1900. This was the beginning of the Algoma Central Fleet.
The Company name was changed to The Algoma Central and Hudson Bay Railway Company in 1901. From this point on, Algoma Central carried on business as both a railway and a steamship company.
With the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959, expansion of the fleet was a high priority. Next came a name to change Algoma Central Railway in 1965, followed by the demand for self-unloaders and further expansion of the bulker fleet.
In 1973, Algoma Central Properties was established with major real estate holdings in the Sault. By 1984, Company revenue surpassed $100 million, and by 1987, Marine Division revenues alone exceeded $100 million. In 1990, the Company name was changed to Algoma Central Corporation.
Year 1992 saw the beginning of Algoma Central's Fleet Renewal Program which would ensure Algoma's competitiveness in the future.
With increased emphasis on marine, both the railway and the Algoma Region forest lands held by the Company were sold as the Company divested non-strategic assets.
As expansion of the fleet continued, Algoma Central acquired an interest in Marbulk Canada Inc. to provide a presence in ocean shipping. Algoma Tankers Limited was created with the purchase of liquid-petroleum tankers.
Algoma Central Properties Inc., now committed to the Niagara Region of Ontario, manages six valuable real estate properties in St. Catharines, in addition to its Sault holdings.
In January 2000, the Seaway Marine Transport marketing pool was formed resulting in new synergy and benefits to customers.
Today, Algoma Central Corporation proudly flies its house flag on 29 vessels sailing the Great Lakes.
Phil Nelson, 27 August 2000
According to Lloyds the shipping division was made a subsidiary in
1990 as Algoma Central Marine. Post World War 2 Lloyds shows the shipping
at times under Algoma Steamships Ltd. and at others under the principal. This
would appear to part of a reorganization that saw the principal become Algoma
Central Corporation. The company site shows a logo which bears the name "Algoma
Central Corporation' and possibly the company had a flag using this but as the
1982 edition of "Know your Ships" shows the funnel bearing the badge with 'Marine'
on it as shown on this flag, it seems possible that the maritime division was
using the flag prior to 1990.
Neale Rosanoski, 22 November 2003
contributed by Jan Mertens, 26 September 2005
Boatnerd shows the Centennial version of the Algoma house flag – see second picture of second row.
Not only has the bear emblem received a golden laurel wreath but that a thin gold stripe has been added to the red bordure, on its outside at least, as well. No gold stripe at the hoist though.
“Laurel wreath” is too vague a term in fact. It is a gold ring bearing the words ‘CENTENNIAL’ at the top and the years ‘1899-1999’ at the bottom, all characters in white, and laurel leaves in white added between them. For good measure, the ring itself is surrounded – inside and out - by a gold rope.
In the railway company logo, also named Algoma (in short) the bear looks the other way. I believe that in this case the bear was rendered in black and white as well but the letters were yellow and the ring, red. (Was it ever used on a flag?)
Quote from the company’s website:
Jan Mertens, 26 September 2005
The Corporation's fleet of 25 vessels includes 14 self-unloaders, six bulk carriers and five Canadian-flag petroleum-product tankers. Algoma Central Corporation and Upper Lakes Group Inc. work in a partnership, Seaway Marine Transport, which manages the commercial activities of the partners' self-unloading and conventional bulker fleets. Algoma Tankers manages the commercial operations of the Algoma Tankers fleet. The Corporation has a 50% interest in Marbulk Canada Inc. which, through a subsidiary based in Beverley, Massachusetts operates an ocean-going fleet of seven self-unloaders. The Corporation also owns a 25% interest in Cleveland Tankers (1991) Inc. based in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland Tankers owns one US-flag tanker which is on long-term charter to Algoma Tankers (USA) Inc.
Calgary - bright blue flag, blue "ATL".
Jarig Bakker, 13 December 2005
image by Ivan Sache, 17 March 2004
company was established in 1881 and at some point became owned by Dominion Coal
Co. which had been established in 1893. Its flag, as shown by
Reed 1901 and 1912 and
Lloyds 1912, was red with a black diamond. The livery was also used by Dominion Coal Co. who were ship owners in their own name and by another of their subsidiaries,
Shipping Co. Ltd.. Dominion Shipping Co. Ltd. was
always a Canadian company although in 1934 the British company Donaldson Bros. & Black Ltd. took over control [presumably this meant as managers and
seems to have ceased after WW2] and Lloyds through to the end continued to
show a Canadian address. I have checked my sources of
Brown 1951 and Brown 1958 and
Stewart 1953 and Stewart 1963 and they all say Canadian. Their last ships were sold
Neale Rosanoski, 3 May 2011
I assume that this was an error and
Brown 1926 ascribed the flag which
actually belonged to the American company Black Diamond Steamship Corporation
of New York to Black Diamond Steamship Co. Ltd. of Montreal.
Neale Rosanoski, 3 May 2011
Quoting Sternwheelers of the Yukon, from the website of the Yukon archives:
In July of 1900 the White Pass & Yukon Route (WP&YR) railway was completed from Skagway, on the Alaskan coast, to Whitehorse, making it practical to transport freight and passengers on boats via the upper river, from Whitehorse to Dawson City.
WP&YR set up a river division, the British Yukon Navigation Company, (BYN Co.) in 1900; within three years BYN Co. owned all but three boats on the upper river.
Sternwheelers became a vital part of Yukon transportation. Yukon River sternwheelers were designed to carry heavy cargoes downstream on a light draft and make the return trip upstream with lighter loads.
Long summer days and spectacular scenery made the Yukon a popular tourist destination, and tourism became an important part of BYN Co.’s business. The S.S. Tutshi, launched as a tourist boat in 1917, took passengers on excursions on the Southern Lakes.
The second page of Sternwheelers of the Yukon shows the house flag
of the British Yukon Navigation Company as white with a red saltire
cantoned with the blue letters "B" (top), "Y" (left), "N" (right) and
Ivan Sache, 26 April 2008
The S.S. Klondike II was refurbished as a cruise ship, in an attempt to save
the career of the flag ship of the British Navigation Company. Though her trips
were well booked it was the increased cost of operation on the Yukon that ended
her brief sojourn as a passenger ship. In August 1955 the S.S. Klondike II
steamed into Whitehorse for the very last time. Early spring navigation was
delayed until the ice broke up on Lake Laberge. Lamp black was spread along the
lake to speed up melting. In the 1920’s a dam was constructed to hold back the
headwaters of Marsh Lake to create a surge of water to speed the break- up of
lake ice and to regulate water levels in early spring and fall.
Darrell Neuman, 1 January 2013
Another photo at
http://galenfrysinger.com/whitehorse_klondike.htm, at bottom of that page a
red saltire on black(?) with letters WPYR woven into a rug, described as
"company's carpet". My guess is WPYR stands for White Pass and Yukon Railroad.
Rob Raeside, 3 January 2013
Montreal - blue burgee, red cross fimbriated white;
in center yellow maple-leaf.
Jarig Bakker, 14 February 2005
image by Eugene Ipavec, 16 September 2009
A hefty flagoid presented as a Canadian National Railways ferry flag appeared
on eBay earlier this year (offer no. 110375268797, end 19 Apr 2009, put up by
Light blue field, white linked “CN” initials (company brand) between two narrow horizontal stripes, white, running parallel to the flag’s edges.
From the description: “This great vintage sign was on the Canadian National train ferry that went from Port Huron, Michigan to Sarnia, Ontario in Canada. It is steel and weighs appx. 175 pounds, with some rust spots as you can see in the pics. It measures 43 1/2 inches wide and 34 inches high. There are 4 u-bolts on the back where it would fasten to the ship.”
CN logo history page: the present one was designed by Allan Fleming in 1960: http://www.cn.ca/en/company-history-cn-logo-evolution.htm
The above ferry service was first organized in 1859 by the Grand Trunk Railway (a rival tunnel was already opened in 1891). Once nationalized, GTR became part of Canadian National Railways (founded 1918 by the government) in 1923. The ferry was discontinued in 1994 when a new tunnel was about to be opened. The “CN” logo places the first possible use of the flag in 1960.
Jan Mertens, 4 September 2009
image by Ivan Sache
Canadian National Steamships - Montreal
Burgee-shaped flag with Norwegian colours and design. In the middle of
the cross is placed a yellow disc fimbriated in red and yellow.
Shipping lines: Montreal - Quebec - Halifax - British Guinea, Montreal - Vancouver - South America - Austral.(ia?)
Steam cargos: 39; Cargo and passsenger steamboats: 8
Tonnage: ca 248,180 Regt. brutto
Source: Znamierowski shows p. 244
a plate of houseflags of North and South American shipping companies, dated
1933. The original source is Lloyd Reederei-Flaggen der Welt-Handelsflotte
[Lloyd Houseflags of the World Merchant Fleet], Bremen (Germany). The
caption of the original plate says 'Lloyd Zigaretten + Bildersammlung: Reedereiflaggen',
so the 'book' is an album for cigarette cards.
Ivan Sache, 24 March 2001
The design on the flag is not clear on many sources but it seems that it
is a maple leaf. Brown 1929 and 1934 both show a large gold leaf throughout
the cross fess point whereas later sources show a white circle containing
the leaf apparently in yellow and green. Znamierowski has taken his
image from the Lloyd Reedereiflaggen cigarette card album of 1933 which
is the only one to take the easy way out which is rather understandable considering
the small size of the emblem.
Neale Rosanoski, 22 November 2003
image by Jarig Bakker
From The National Maritime Museum:
Jarig Bakker, 8 August 2004
The house flag of Canadian National Steamships, St Johns, Newfoundland. A dark blue pennant with a white-bordered red cross. A green yellow and red maple leaf is placed on a white disc in the centre. 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.