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W.Bruns & Co (German Shipping Company)

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W(illy) Bruns: The company (in Hamburg) was a specialist for reefer vessels. Willy Bruns, born 1904, established his own fruit trading company after WW2 and became partial owner (German: Partikulier) of two reefer vessels, built in Scandinavia. In 1950 he established his own shipping company. He acquired two steamers and installed fan assemblies inside the ships. Together with three partners four more reefer vessels were acquired in 1952. In 1955 two own vessels, built by Stülcken, were added. In 1963 Bruns modernised his fleet and sold the old ships to the Soviets. The so called "banana hunters" had a small number of passenger cabins, which always had been fully booked. Due to higher prices of dockyards business declined in the early 1970s. The transport of fruit was continued, but in September 1978 the fleet was sold to Castle & Cooke, Honolulu - Intercontinental Tramsportation Service Ltd, under scandalising circumstances, 260 seamen and employees lost their jobs and got a shabby treatment by the company, which was however enforced by court, to establish a fund of hardship cases.
Source: information provided by Klaus-Peter Bühne, translated by Klaus-Michael Schneider
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 July 2019

W.Bruns & Co

The flag was white flag. Between two red horizontal stripes is a black capital "W" superimposing a "B" of double width in the same colour.
Source: "Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen", 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.14.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 Apr 2009

W.Bruns & Co (corresponding ship owner)

[W.Bruns & Co (corresponding ship owner)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2009

When the company was acting as corresponding ship owner for Partenreederei, it used a different flag and a different funnel. The flag is white with red horizontal stripes at the top and bottom edge. In the centre of the flag is a symbol formed of circles, two black ones broken, ordered vertically and two red ones unbroken ordered horizontally.
Source:  "Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen"; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.14
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2009

Both namesake companies W. Bruns, lodcated in Hamburg and Leer, only have the name in common.

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