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ECNF (Piauí)

Empresa Comércio e Navegação Fluvial de João Luís da Silva

House Flag of ECNF de João Luís da Silva image by Jorge Candeias

Empresa Comércio e Navegação Fluvial means "Trade and River Navigation Corporation". João Luís da Silva is, again, a name. The flag is a red-white-red horizontal triband, with a white triangle at hoist, charged with a red star, and containing the initials "E.C.N.F." in the white stripe, in red. Without these initials, this would be a good flag.
Source: Chart of house flags circa 1950 at
Jorge Candeias, 2 June 2002

ENASA (Belém)

Empresa de Navegação da Amazônia, S.A.

ENASA House Flag (Brazil) image by Jorge Candeias

Companhia Brasileira de Navegação do Rio Amazonas - This name can be translated as "Brazilian Company of Navigation of the Amazon River." The flag is white containing a couple of anchors disposed in saltire.
Source: Chart of house flags circa 1950 at
Jorge Candeias, 4 June 2002

This is now the Pará-state-owned Empresa de Navegação da Amazônia, S.A. (ENASA), using the same flag. Viewable at the company website, in the upper left corner of the page.
Joseph McMillan, 4 June 2002

ENASA is owned by the state of Pará and serves Amazon river ports between Belém and Manaus. It was founded in 1852 as the Companhia de Navegação e Comércio do Amazonas, a private firm subsidized by the imperial treasury. In 1872, it was sold to British investors and became the Amazon Steam Navigation Co., Ltda., still subsidized by the imperial government as a means of developing the Amazon hinterland. The Brazilian federal government nationalized the company in 1940 and combined it with the port authority of Belém and other ports in Pará to become the Serviço de Navegação e Administração dos Portos do Pará, or SNAAPP. SNAAPP was broken up in 1967, with the state ports authority becoming separate from the shipping line, which was renamed ENASA.
Source: Pará state government website
Joseph McMillan, 26 March 2002

ENASA House Flag (Brazil) image by Jarig Bakker, 14 October 2005

Loughran (1979) shows this flag of Empresa de Navegacoa do Amazonica S.A. (ENASA), Para as white; in center two red anchors in saltire; at hoist top slanting underlined blue "ENASA".
Jarig Bakker, 14 October 2005

Empreza Esperança Marítima (Rio de Janeiro)

Empreze Esperança Marítima image by Joseph McMillan

The name means "Hope" Maritime Enterprise. The flag was blue with a red saltire between the letters E, E, M, N all in white, all within a yellow border. The "N" on the flag probably stands for either navegação or nacional.
Source:1909 suppplement to the Germany Navy's 1905 Flaggenbuch
Joseph McMillan, 11 February 2003

Governo do Estado do Espírito Santo

House Flag of the Government of Espírito Santo (Brazil) image by Jorge Candeias

This is a flag attributed by the source to the government of the state of Espírito Santo, though hasn't got the slightest resemblance to the state flag. It's a green flag with a national-flag-like lozenge in the center, in white, bearing two interwined letters, T and C, in black. This might be related to the state motto (Trabalha e Confia).
Source: Chart of house flags circa 1950 at
Jorge Candeias, 5 June 2002

As for the initials T-C, I could generate a number of guesses (Transportes Capixabas, for example, capixaba being the adjective for something having to do with Espírito Santo), but without evidence they are just guesses.
Joseph McMillan, 28 October 2002

I note from Lloyd's Register 1953 that the Government of the State of Espírito Santo is shown as owners of the Itacoya of 180 tons built 1929 so I guess there is nothing wrong with their having their own house flag. Presumably having a company to run it was not considered necessary although having complete livery for such a small setup is unusual. The vessel was disposed of by 1958.
Neale Rosanoski, 22 December 2002