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House flags of Swedish Shipping Companies (15)

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Scarlett Line A/B

[Scarlett Line] image by Jarig Bakker, 24 October 2005
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of Shipping Companies of the World [4]

Landskrona - white flag, blue "SL".
Neale Rosanoski, 17 August 2006


[Scarlett Line] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 17 August 2006

Operated the ferry "Dana Scarlett" Landskrona-Tuborg 1985-1994 originally as the L-T Linjen changing to Scarlett Line A/B 1989 according to kommandobryggan site. However Josef Nüsse [5] shows a table flag of blue with very broad white letters and this is supported by the flag shown flying by the ship on a postcard copy I hold.
Neale Rosanoski, 17 August 2006


Sea-Link

[Sea-Link] image by Jorge Candeias, 6 March 1999

Another dubious flag. If it's a flag, then it would be white with green stripes along the top and bottom and a very dark blue logo centered. The logo is composed of what could be described as three interconnected tildes forming the letters "SL"
Jorge Candeias, 6 March 1999


The flag is confirmed from the Josef Nüsse [5] collection where he domiciles the company as being at Nacka. He also shows another flag in the Sea-Link name domiciled Malmö. From Lloyds I have located Rederi A/B Sealink at Stockholm [1985], then being shown as Sea Link A/B at Nacka (1992) and finally Rederi A/B Sea-Link at Malmö (1996) with all being the same according to Lloyds.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003


Shell Rederi A/B

Shell image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 October 2007

Based in Stockholm with its own vessels post-World War 2 until the end of the 1950s. The cap badge from Collectors Corner has a blue flag with a shell proper over "SHELL" in yellow and is given under the name of Svenska Shell.
Neale Rosanoski, 8 June 2007


Sjöfartsverket
Rederiet Sjöfartsverket
Swedish Maritime Administration

[Swedish Maritime Administration flag] image by Miles Li, 01 December 2020

[Sjöfartsverket houseflag] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 12 March 2007

Lloyds currently shows this flag the alternative name of Rederiet Sjöfartsverket in respect of the shipping. Josef Nüsse [5] shows a blue swallowtail with a yellow star emitting 10 rays which look white in his scan but may well be yellow also, being above a yellow foul anchor. The yellow appears to have a greenish tinge to it but that may be an optical illusion. As a Government department flag it probably does not rank as a proper house flag and vessel photos so far do not show their wearing it but if they ever do it would be as a house flag equivalent as the Swedish flag is flown as an ensign. The emblems on the flag differ from the Arms as shown on their website www.sjofartsverken.se. A version of these appears on the ship funnels where the flag charges appear on a sky blue vertical oval ensigned with a crown proper, the charges however being all in white. However both ship funnel and flag anchors are "foul" whereas the website logos do not show a cable attached.
Neale Rosanoski, 12 March 2007


Statens Skogsindustrier A/B

[tatens Skogsindustrier] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 2 November 2006

Presumably the state forestry was involved in shipping its products in the 1950s and 1960s. As given by US Navy 1961 [8], Stewart 1963 [6] and Brown 1978 the flag was white with a red crown above a blue triangle bearing three yellow crowns [of 3 points], all being ensigned with "ROYAL" in blue in an arc.
Neale Rosanoski, 2 November 2006


Steamline

[Steamline] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 24 November 2006

Shown in the Josef Nüsse [5] site as Swedish and based Stockholm, which it may have been, it was actually a consortium covering 4 nations through the Axel Axelson Johnson & Co. [Sweden], Finska Ångfartygs Aktiebolaget [Finland], Royal Mail Lines Ltd. [UK] and Flomerca Line [Guatemala] operating in the 1970s and 1980s. The flag was white with gold and blue panels was somewhat similar to that of the later German company TT Line GmbH & Co.
Neale Rosanoski, 24 November 2006


Stockholms Transport & Bogserings A/B

Stockholms Transport & Bogserings image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 October 2007

Formed in 1870 and absorbed into Göteborgs Bogsering & Bärgnings A/B in 1977. The Collectors Corner cap badge shows a blue swallowtail with a yellow circle bearing the black letters "TB". www.tugboatlars.se shows a slightly different version with the circle being outlined black which appears to have originated from an illustration on a pamphlet.
Neale Rosanoski, 8 June 2007


Stockholms Ångslup A/B

[Stockholms Ångslup houseflag] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 12 March 2007

Operated in the 1950s and 60s with the flag shown on the Collectors Corner cap badges being a white swallowtail with a broad blue band bearing the white letters "SÅA" with the central "Å" being larger.
Neale Rosanoski, 12 March 2007


Sture Eruths

[Sture Eruths] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 24 November 2006

Out of Trelleborg with a single vessel bought in 1939 trading until around the mid 1950s with US Navy 1961 [8] showing a white flag with a blue "E".
Neale Rosanoski, 24 November 2006


Ställbergs Grufve Aktiebolag Rederi

[Ställbergs Grufve] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 25 November 2006

Based in Stockholm and operating until the early 1960s, the Collectors Corner cap badge shows a blue flag with a yellow horizontal band and overall a yellow circle edged red and charged with a red "S" and surmounting a red arrow angled towards upper fly. The version shown by US Navy 1961 [8] has the yellow band wider and the emblem only on this.
Neale Rosanoski, 25 November 2006


Ställvik

Ställvik image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 October 2007

Unknown company based Stockholm shown by the Collectors Corner cap badge as blue with a white horizontal band bearing a red ring enclosing a red "S".
Neale Rosanoski, 8 June 2007


Sundbusserne

House Flag
[Sundbusserne houseflag] image by António Martins

Logo flaglet
[Sundebus HH land-based houseflag] image by António Martins

The small ferry that took us to and fro [between Helsingborg in Sweden and Helsingør in Denmark, in August '98] belonged to Sundebus HH, and it's houseflag is a 2:3 blue over red per bend with an white uppercase sans serif "M".

Why an "M", I don't know but I can only speculate that this particular houseflag once belonged to a company called "M"-something which was renamed or bought or merged to Sundebus HH.

This may imply that house flags are somehow fixed for sea usage and it is not that easy to change them, like company logos and such (like logo flags for land use). This idea of mine (that might add some weight to the notion that house flags are not that irrelevant) is reinforced by the fact that this very same company Sundebus HH uses in land (poles by the company peer, ticket office etc.) a completely different flag, consisting of a red upper case serif "S" (for Sundebus), on a red bordered white square canton of a 3:2 (and not 2:3!) white and green wavy background.
António Martins, 21 October 1999


Sundbusserne, with HH not part of the company name, rather representing the two cities the ferries are running between, Helsingør and Helsingborg, is no longer running Norwegian colours. They flagged over to the Swedish ship registry and they are running Swedish flag since September 2001. The Sundbusserne are however still a daughter company of the shipowning company A/S Moltzaus Tankrederi in Oslo. (Hence the M in the houseflag - M for Moltzau). Moltzaus no longer have any ships other than Sundbusserne.

At the Sundbusserne home page [http://www.sundbusserne.dk/] you can find the Sundbusserne logo that seems to be the model of the speculated secondary houseflag of Sundbusserne. As far as I know, it is no houseflag, only a company logo.
Morten Øen, 20 December 2001


The parent company, is/was Moltzau & Christensen of Oslo who operated tankers as Moltzau's Tankrederi A/S from 1930. It seems that in the mid 1960s they started operating ferries having a 1st name of "Sundbuss" through a subsidiary A/S Rendal. In the 1970s, no longer being involved with tankers, the ferries were eventually placed in the name of A/S Moltaus Tankrederi hence the oddity of the name compared with the trade. Around 1990 Sundbusserne A/S was set up at Helsingør, Denmark to act as managers and by the web address it seems they are still located there even though the vessels have changed registry. Unfortunately they no longer show in my Lloyds shipowning groups so the current update of their activities was helpful.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003


Stavsnäs Båttaxi Skärgårdstrafik & Charter AB

'Stavsnäs Båttaxi Skärgårdstrafik & Charter AB' or Båttaxi ("boat taxi") for short is a Swedish shipping company established at Stavsnäs/Stockholm offering transportation and charter cruises among the islands off Stockholm - as the name says. Website, Swedish version (the English version is rudimentary as yet): http://www.battaxi.se/

The six vessels operated by Båttaxi are presented under the �Taxibåtar� heading (upper menu): they take between 12 and 196 people; a seventh, ice-going boat takes 29. The boats are used for local transportation but may be chartered as well.

‘Om oss’ (i.e. About us, see upper menu) informs us that Båttaxi was founded in 1967. Actually separate firms operate each a number of boats (I hope I fully understood the original text, helped by Google Translate): Cascade Rederi AB, Runmäro Marinsöm HB, and owners B. Soderholm and D. Karlsson.

Finally, Båttaxi explicitly mentions concern for the environment.

The house flag dominates the ‘Om oss ’ page: white bearing a red rectangle with rounded corners (fimbriated red) and on the rectangle, suspended from its upper edge so to speak, a broad stylized anchor shank and flukes in white.

Jan Mertens, 3 January 2010


[Rederi A/B] Sundship

[Sundship houseflag] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 12 March 2007

Based in Halmstad the company was formed in 1989 operating chemical tankers. In 2003 its last vessel was acquired by Stolt-Nielsen who were ship managers at the time. The flag from the Josef Nüsse site [5] was yellow with narrow blue borders top and bottom and on the field a blue diamond bearing a pair of yellow seahorses facing one another.
Neale Rosanoski, 12 March 2007


Sven Rydberg

[>R.N. Råwall] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 2 November 2006

Operated in the 1950s with a flag of 7 horizontal bands white and red and partly overall the red bands a white circle bearing a blue "R". Based on a Collectors Corner cap badge and shown by US Navy 1961 [8].
Neale Rosanoski, 2 November 2006