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Among the Italian shipping companies in the 1940 house flag source at <> is that of ‘Soc[ietà] Partenopea Anon[ima di] Navigazione’ aka SPAN. Established at Naples (‘Partenopean’ means ‘Neapolitan’). We see a light blue flag, bordered in white, bearing a horse looking towards the hoist: said horse is prancing.
Partenopeo vessels (some of them requisitioned for Navy service) sunk during WWII are popular diving targets.  Some examples (choice of Italian sites) are   <>, <>, <>, <> and <>.
The ‘Città di Meta’ linked Naples to the island of Ischia 1974-1989 as reopted at <>. Other and older ships are mentioned on the net – if only as models – but all in all the information is hard to find.
At least we know that Partenopea was active in, or since, 1929 and also that it merged with ‘Aliscafi Compagnia Sarda’ (a firm being wound up) in 1987. Much is left unclear, except the horse (as to its possible source) in different colours, it is also the symbol of Naples Province. Also, the funnel shows the city colours of Naples as they appear in the arms: yellow above red.
Jan Mertens, 3 April 2008

Paolo Viale

image by Ivan Sache, 25 April 2008

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of "Paolo Viale" (#313, p. 51), a company based in Genoa, as white with a the blue  letters "PV".
Ivan Sache, 25 April 2008

Peirce Bros.

image by Jarig Bakker, 14 January 2005

Peirce Bros., Naples - white flag; red shield with yellow cross; in canton black "P".
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26].
Jarig Bakker, 14 January 2005

Lloyds 1904 show the flag but without the "P" with the firm at that point being based in Messina. They also show the same livery for Walter F. Becker of Turin and Genoa trading as the Creole Line. Then in Lloyds 1912 Peirce Brothers, now shown as based Messina, Naples and Genoa has the "P" added, Walter F. Becker still has the flag without the "P" and this letterless version is also now given for Società di Navigazione à Vapore Siclula Americana, apparently originally of Messina but now of Naples.
Neale Rosanoski, 26 February 2005


The house flag of Perseveranza, as shown on a graphic on the company website, is blue with a white anchor flanked by the white letters "G" and "D". The company, base in Naples, operates 17 tankers.
Perseveranza SpA di Navigzione, founded in 1969, is 96%-owned by the D'Amato family, in the shipping business since 1870. Giuseppe D'Amato is President and his two sons Umberto and Angelo are members of the Boards of Directors. Their two sisters, Marilena and Rosalia, are also involved in the management of the company. The company operates five vessels, MN "Giuseppe D'Amato", "Marilena D'Amato" and "Rosalia D'Amato" and MT "Cielo Di Roma" and "Ciel Di Milano". The meaning of "GD" on the flag is now straightforward, for "Giuseppe D'Amato".
Ivan Sache, 8 March 2008

Pesca e Reti Italiana

image by Eugene Ipavec, 23 May 2006

The houseflag of the Società Anonima Pesca e Reti Italiana (Italian Net Fishing Ltd (?) appears on a 1923 share at <>. According to the website of scripophily auctioneer Historisches Wertpapierhaus, the company did not exist for long.  The share was issued in Rome on 30 Sept. 1923. Two pages offer more information in Italian <> and <>. I gather the firm was founded by the brothers Merlini and was active, first in the Mediterranean, then by 1925 before the coast of Morocco and Spanish Sahara, and finally in the North Sea and arctic waters. The flag is a red swallowtail has a blue five-pointed star in the upper hoist and the firm’s acronym SAPRI, also in blue, along the lower edge.  I wonder if the lower tail is really longer than the upper one.
Jan Mertens, 22 May 2006

I think that the lower tail may have been lengthened so as to not fold over the name.
Eugene Ipavec, 23 May 2006

Piero Ravano

image by Miles Li, 18 June 2016

Source: Colin Stewart, Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours [ste63]
Miles Li, 18 June 2016

Polena Societą di Navigazione

image by Miles Li, 24 June 2016

Source: Colin Stewart, Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours [ste63]
Miles Li, 18 June 2016


image by Jarig Bakker, 19 September 2005

I located an image that looks like this company flag at <>.
Dov Gutterman, 13 February 1999

A dubious flag: could be simply the logo. Black-white-red-black stripes disposed vaguely horizontally, forming a sort of V. The colours and design remind the German Poseidon company.
Jorge Candeias, 6 March 1999

Premuda S.p.A. According to Brown 1995 the website logo is the flag except Brown shows a narrower chevron and it is not staggered beginning and ending at a similar point towards upper hoist and fly. Lloyds states that the company was formed 1975 as Premuda Società  di Navigazione per Azioni changing name in 1996. However it appears from website comments that this company probably originated with Giovanni L. Premuda who was operating by at least 1904 and appears to have formed [Società Anonima di] Navigazione a Vapore G.L. Premuda in 1907 (sources vary with the name) which operated up to WW2 and had a quartered flag of red and green.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2003

Premuda Societa di Navigazione per Azioni, Genoa - black with a white and red chevron.
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995.
Jarig Bakker, 19 September 2005

G.L. Premuda

image by Jarig Bakker, 18 December 2004

Societį Anonyma di Navigazione a Vapore G.L. Premuda, Trieste - quartered green and red
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 18 December 2004

This would presumably have some relation to the company Premuda from Lussinpicolo. I do not think that it is just conicidentally the same family name.
Željko Heimer, 18 December 2004

by Ivan Sache, 13 February 2005

Lloyds 1904 and 1912 show a reverse arrangement of the quarters i.e. red and green rather that than green and red.
Neale Rosanoski, 9 January 2005


image by Jarig Bakker, 14 January 2005

At home I have a stout "Larousse Commercial Illustré" (a kind of trade encyclopedia) published in Paris, 1930. It has four pages in colour illustrating house flags; a note identifies it as the work of Sandy Hook.
In this book, I found "Puglia" S.A. di Navigazione (Bari): red with large white P (funnel: black, bearing the flag in the form of a band)
Jan Mertens, 26 October 2003

'P' is very well now and almost as Sandy Hook drew it, only there's a very small serif at the letter's foot and the 'bow' reaches not so far.  In all, a letter 'P' much as it is used in the Groups Messages font.
Jan Mertens, 20 December 2003

Soc. di Nav. a Vap. "Puglia", Bari - red flag, white "P".
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26].
Jarig Bakker, 14 January 2005