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J. Terlouw Oliehandel (i.e. oil trade) BV is a Dutch inland bunkering
firm and mineral oil dealer established at Capellen aan den (i.e. on the
Vessel ‘Hendrik Sr’ may be seen here.
White pennants are flown bearing some red disk or drop… Such a pennant was offered on Marktplaats (Dutch auction site): no. 158610569 (accessed 27 Mar 2008) put up by “Anton” of Genemuiden; dimensions given as approx. 75 cm x 100 cm: White field, two drop-shaped flames next to each other (the second slightly in front of the first) and company name in blue “TERLOUW” over all; the “T” is larger and extends its horizontal stem over the other letters.
Jan Mertens, 16 Dec 2009
Image above represents another pennant which I take to be older, given
the design but also the fact that (apparently recent) photos of Terlouw
vessels fly the white version: Striped green (four pieces) and white (three
pieces) along a descending diagonal, a fimbriated outline of a drop near
the hoist and company name “TERLOUW” over all (breaking out from the drop)
and written in the same manner as on the white pennant (all further design
elements in green).
Source: cache of Marktplaats offer no. 287997169 put up on 15 Oct 2009 by “Skipflag” of Maastricht, dimensions given as 0.42 [m] x 0.68 [m].
Jan Mertens, 17 Dec 2009
Transport Maatschappij (i.e. Transport Company) “Terneuzen”
– right, at Terneuzen (Zeeland) - is a specialized Dutch shipping company
which operates, but does not nominally own, two vessels: 1983 built ‘Schotsman’
and 1994 built ‘Ruyter’ help “Terneuzen” to exploit its licence for sand
extraction. See this shipyard’s
page explaining what a TSHD or traction suction hopper dredger, such
as ‘Scotsman’, is and does: On the ship’s bow (as on the funnel) a logo
appears, white on blue, consisting of an anchor and two diagonally placed,
downward-pointing arrows – pointing at the anchor’s flukes, that is - beside
it: This is the image of the house flag, already present in ‘Flaggen auf
dem Rhein’ (1952 ed.).
Image based on a photo taken from a Marktplaats (Dutch auction site) offer, no. 190910473 (dated 2 Sep 2008) put up by “Skipvlag” of Maastricht. Dimensions given as 0.70 m x 0.90 m.
Seen up close, the arrows’ shafts show an indentation at the end. (In the 1952 version, the arrows do not show this and they are much thinner; also, the anchor does not have a ring but a knob.)
As I have not found out much about this firm I can only suppose that “Transport” in the name refers to an earlier activity: transporting goods or, at least, freighting.
Jan Mertens, 27 Nov 2008
C.V. Terwogt & Lagers, Amsterdam. (C.V. = Commanditaire Vennootschap
- limited partnership)
Flag: quartered per saltire: red, white, blue and white; on white black "T" and "L".
Source: Wyt's Digest of Dutch Shipping and Shipbuiding 1966.
Jarig Bakker, 17 Sep 2007
Onderneming N.V., Den Hoorn.
Flag: green over black swallowtail; white "TESO".
This is (the island of) Texel's Own Steamship Enterprise.
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95] Texels Eigen Stoomboot
Jarig Bakker, 13 Feb 2006
Houseflag of N.V. Thalatta, Amsterdam.
Image from Flagchart of houseflags of Dutch shipping companies, attached to the magazine "De Blauwe Wimpel", April 1956.
Jarig Bakker, 1 Feb 2001
Thalatta is Greek for "sea".
Franc van Diest, 1 Sep 2001
Rederij Theodora B.V., Gouda.
Flag: white field, two green swallowtails separated by white space.
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 15 Sep 2005
New Dutch shipping company ‘Toucan Maritime’ is established at Heerhugowaard
(Noord-Holland) and managed by Martin and Brigitte van den Burg.
Toucan Maritime owns two ships, operated by Wagenborg (English version
of site not yet enabled): The
toucan’s portrait and the three white four-pointed stars, shown on the
site, are found on the house flag: blue field with white disk bearing colourful
toucan (facing the hoist), the stars above said disk and below it, company
name in white letters “Toucan Maritime”.
See this photo (fourth of Toucan trial run album, clickable – url of direct link is rather long).
Jan Mertens, 26 Dec 2008
Nederlandsche Scheepvaart Maatschappij Transatlanta.
Flag divided per white saltire blue-red; in center white disk, black "T".
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 28 January 2005
Transito Bevrachting (“freighting”) BV is a Dutch firm, located at Werkendam on the River Merwede which - if you sail downstream – will eventually bring you to Rotterdam.
See the company website for the
house flag (certainly the most original of the four shown!): Basically
a white flag, most of it taken up by four sinuous lines or waves
(starting from the hoist, coloured red, blue, white, and red; of unequal width); in the lower fly we read ‘TRANSITO / BEVRACHTING BV’ in blue letters, the first line much bigger than the second. (The presence of ‘BV’ is assumed, in reality the abbreviation is not visible here.).
According to above site, Transito was founded in 2002 and operates inland
vessels with a capacity between 500 and 10 000 metric tonnes (in the second
case, large combined pontoons are meant). As the firm points out,
nowadays a modern operator should not only be able to transport the traditional
commodities (i.e. bulk goods: sand, coal, ore, fodder, etc.) but also newly
introduced loads such as containers or waste products.
Jan Mertens, 4 Jun 2006
Transito? Is that a dutch word?
I'm asking because Trânsito means "traffic" in portuguese and navigation agents are known among us as "transitários". Coincidence?
Jorge Candeias, 5 Jun 2006
There is certainly a connection. It seems the word was carried
from Italian into Dutch (first recorded use 1725) - it means 'transit'
Jan Mertens, 5 Jun 2006
Spotted by Jarig last month and now offered on Marktplaats,
a Dutch auction site: the flag of Trolek, a small bunkering firm operating
a vessel in Groningen and having at least one other stopover at Lekkerkerk
on the Lek, not far from Rotterdam.
Measuring 95 cm by 140 cm, this striking flag is red with a large white bird silhouette (a gull?) swooping from upper hoist corner in the direction of the lower fly, the name ‘trolek’ spread over the entire centre part of the flag in blue lower case letters, fimbriated in white when appearing on the red ground. In fact Jarig saw a version with italic characters.
This firm, hardly present on the ‘net it seems – and certainly not among the largest in the bunkering business – in fact stands out thanks to its house flag’s bold design.
Jan Mertens, 23 Oct 2006
Trolek pennant. Offered on the Dutch auction site Marktplaats
by ‘Ghis’ from Westdorpe, Zeeland, as no. 173190026 (dated 3 Jun 2008),
it shows the Trolek flag design translated to a pennant. Additional
information: made of nylon and measuring 45 [cm] x 68 [cm].
I still suppose the swooping bird is a gull; the letters are upright as in Jarig’s first gif. A pennant “in action” can be seen on this Kustvaartforum (i.e. Coastal Shipping
Forum) page, date Feb 27, 2008 (rather down the page): As the above Marktplaats page this one, too, will certainly disappear (Trolek pennant sticker auctioned): We learn that - besides Lekkerkerk – Trolek is (or was?) active in Groningen, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam.
Jan Mertens, 27 Jul 2008
From the on-line 1912
Lloyds Flags & Funnels i.e. no. 525 'Stoom-Maatsch. "Tromp"
(J.F. & F. Schellen), Rotterdam' listed as a Dutch firm ("Steam(er)
Company..."). Schellen Shipping N.V. was established in 1895 in Antwerp
Jan Mertens, 5 Sep 2005
Tromp BV is a Dutch inland freighting office based at Rotterdam, surely
not related to the old Tromp (Schellen) on
A current Tromp table flag was found on German eBay, offer no. 220152257857 (end 30 Sep 2007) put up by “seeteufelchen01”: yellow field, red 17th century warship sailing towards the fly and vertically placed name, black and serifed, “TROMP” near the hoist.
Concerning the real life use of this flag, what better witness than Jarig who saw it flying on a barge at Amsterdam, April 2007? But the only picture I have right now is the miniature version’s.
In 1995 a Swiss firm “Tromp Befrachtungskontor AG” (Basel) was wound
up: given the similarity in names it may well have been - unlike
Tromp/Schellen - related to above company. In fact the eBay offer
referred to this very name, not the Dutch one.
In any case name and flag design recall two famous naval chiefs, father and son.
Jan Mertens, 10 Feb 2009
Twenthe Rijn, a bygone Dutch shipping company, is mentioned in the following source: Harry de Groot, 'Schepen van de binnenvaart' (i.e. Inland navigation ships), De Alk, Alkmaar, 1983, 128 p., ill., ISBN 90-6013-918-6, p. 35.
Established at Hengelo (Overijssel province, to the East of Deventer – quite near the German border - and situated on the Twenthe Canal), this firm was fully owned by the important chemical concern which is now known as AKZO. Locally built, the barges shipped salt from the Netherlands to Belgium, taking in limestone from the Maas (Meuse) valley for the return trip.
Salt (“zout”) in Boekelo (Ov) was an important commodity for Zout-Organon,
one of the companies which was to amalgamate to form AKZO. Website,
Twenthe Rijn also operated as a freighting office; in all, it existed for forty years: 1950-1990 as mentioned in the subtitle of a book by W.E. Teuben about the company: ‘N.V. Bevrachtingskantoor "Twenthe-Rijn”, published at Dordrecht, 2000.
The Dutch ‘Kustvaartforum’ (i.e. coastal shipping forum) discussion
site has dedicated a few pages, with many photos, to Twenthe Rijn: first
page of three.
The house flag – quarterly divided: top and bottom red, left and right white plus black initials ‘T’ and ‘R’ in the white fields, respectively – is partially visible in the first photo (vessel ‘Twenthe Rotte’). It also appears painted on the funnel of ‘Twenthe Regge’, last photo but one on the first page. On the second page, it appears flying high above ‘Twenthe Kil’ in the first b/w photo.
A drawing appears on a number of ‘Binnenvaart’
pages where often an extra b/w photo is offered which occasionally
shows the house flag. See for instance ‘Res Nova’ (current name):
Click camera logo next to ‘1959’ bottom of page.
Jan Mertens, 12 Dec 2007