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Nicaragua - Houseflags of Shipping Companies

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Mamenic Line

image by Ivan Sache, 23 August 2002 and Eugene Ipavec, 25 June 2010

The Houseflag of Mamenic Line, can be seen at Josef Nuesse site.
Dov Gutterman, 25 June 2001

The flag is horizontally divided blue-white-blue with MAMENIC in blue in the white stripe.
Joseph Nüsse shows on his website colour pictures of several house flags of shipping companies. The site is a very good source since it shows pictures of *real* flags. It is clear from his website that Joseph served (and maybe still serves) in the merchant navy and most probably regrets the decline in merchant shiiping. The website disclaimer says that most of the companies whose house flags are shown there are goneout of business.
Ivan Sache, 23 August 2002

image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 June 2010

Josef Nüsse’s page may now be found here:
A different item (table flag) was offered on German eBay last year: no. 290374581187 (end 6 Dec 2009) put up by "freie_hansestadt", dimensions given as approx. 15 cm x 25 cm. Photo.
Quarterly divided red (top, bottom) and white (hoist, fly), two blue concentric rings in the centre, the inner one enclosing a yellow disk bearing a black foul anchor and the outer one the name in black "MAMENIC / LINE" (top) and "AMERCO CENTRAL" (bottom), the four words divided by the arms of a red slightly widening cross emanating from the inner ring and reaching the outer one.
The company name is the short form of "Marina Mercante Nicaraguense". Founded in 1953 - and owned - by a member of the notorious Somoza family, Mamenic saw its house flag appear on a few air mail stamps - mentioned, but not shown, on this page:
(I saw tiny pics of these stamps and they seem to render the blue as green and brown, respectively!)
Did the present item perhaps follow the "national" version, and when would the firm have been wound up?
Jan Mertens, 23 June 2010

Rather "CENTRO AMERICA". I located a handbill with an image of the flag online, and modified the font a bit.
Eugene Ipavec
, 25 June 2010

Nanica (?)

image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 23 October 2005

The flag is shown at Joseph Nüsse's website as belonging to Linabol (Bolivia) (so reported by António Martins-Tuválkin). Brown (1995) [Lgr95] lists the same flag as belonging to Naviera Nicaraguense S.A., (Nanica) - only difference is the proportions of the stripes (c. 2:3:2), the blue stripe just blue.
Brown seems to be wrong with his Nicaragua-outplacement and this is an erroneous attribution.
Jarig Bakker, 21 October 2005