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Taubatkompaniet Boa Limited

[Taubatkompaniet Boa Limited houseflag]
image by Jorge Candeias

Th. Brøvig

[Th. Brøvig]
image by Jarig Bakker, 8 January 2006
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of Shipping Companies of the World [4]

Farsund - red flag bordered blue, white diamond, blue "B".
Jarig Bakker, 8 January 2006

Thorvald Hansen

[Thorvald Hansen flag]
image by Jarig Bakker
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [9]

Thorvald Hansen, Lyngör - white flag, blue "HT".
Jarig Bakker, 19 February 2005

Tordenskjold ASA

[Tordenskjold ASA houseflag]
image by Jorge Candeias

Tordenskjold ASA originated from Rasmus S. Olsen, a shipowner from 1876 who in 1888 formed D/S Tordensjkold. At the same time he appears to have continued operating in his own name at first and then later as Rasmus S. Olsens Rederi A/S until the last ship was sold in 1965. In the meantime the Tordensjkold company seems to have become the major operating company of the Olsen family who retained control for 4 generations during which time it became a share capital company in 1930. In 1989 a reorganization saw the advent of outside shareholders. In early 1995 Runciman Investments of UK bought 51% but by the end of the year it was back in Norwegian hands as a result of a syndicate led by Tor Johan Stuve. In 1996 all operations were consolidated under Tordensjkold ASA and in 1997 they took over the cement ship management company Chem Bulk Carriers AS which is described by some sources as being "absorbed" at this date but in fact appears to be still operating as a subsidiary (detail from the old company website, and Lloyds).

[Tordenskjold ASA houseflag] (1) [Tordenskjold ASA houseflag] (2)
images by Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2011

The flag of Olsen and Tordensjkold has been shown as red with a white "X" throughout starting as Rasmus F. Olson by Lloyds 1912 [image (1)] with pretty much the version being shown by Ivan with one arm thicker than the other. The only other flag book to show it that I have found is Stewart 1963, also in the name of Olsen, but they show it as a straight "X" with no serifs [image (2)] though I would not place much credence on this factor.

(3) (4)  (5)
images by Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2011

According to the skipet website this version was superceded by another giving a wider and thicker "X" [image (3)]. Then there are the two versions obtained from company website logos.
The first [image (4)] is the apparent source of Jorge for the Tordenskjold flag sourced probably around 1998. The second [image (5)] is Ivan's obtained in  2003. As a Olsen/Tordensjkold flag it may have well been flown by vessels in the management by Cem Bulk Carriers but that does not make it theirs as such, merely their use of the parent flag unless the variation in thickness can be pinpointed as being a deliberate ploy to differentiate.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 April 2011

See also: Chem Bulk Carriers AS

Torghatten ASA

Torghatten started as a mere shipping company with just one vessel in 1878. Today Torghatten is one of the biggest logistics companies of Norway having an annual turnover of about 9.3 billion NOK and about 7000 employees. It is running all kinds of transport of persons and gods by ship, ferry, bus, lorry and aeroplane. For further information click:
The company was established as “Dampskibet Torghatten AS” on 3 January 1878 for mail transport and was thus entitled to fly the Norwegian post flag on stern of the only ship “TORGHATTEN”. Name giver was a nearby mountain with a hole in it, which is said having been the hat of a troll named Torge, which was pierced by an arrow. When dawn was breaking the whole scenery turned to stone and became a mountain ridge.
In 1913 the name was changed to “AS Torghattens Dampskibsselskab” and the company moved from Kvaløen to Brønnøysund in 1917. In 1930 the first bus route was established. In 1952 the name was changed into “AS Torghatten Trafikkselskap”. In 1957 the first ferry service was established. In 1991 the company gained chairs of air transportation company “Widerøes Flyveselskap”. In 1999 the name was changed to “Torghatten Trafikkselskap ASA”. In 1998 “Fosen Traffiklag ASA” was acquired as a daughter of Torghatten. Their houseflag was a red-white-red horizontal triband. (see: Both companies merged in 2009 and the name was changed again to Torghatten ASA.
For further information (in Norwegian) click:
Klaus-Michael Schneider
, 2 May 2017

Torghatten 1878 – 1952

[Torghatten] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 May 2017

I can’t guarantee its existence. But as a matter of fact the funnels of the fleet until 1952 had been white with blue horizontal stripes at top and bottom and a blue serif “T” in the centre. It is very likely that the house flag had the same pattern.
Klaus-Michael Schneider
, 2 May 2017

Torghatten 1952 – 2009

[Torghatten] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 May 2017

A split flag, blue with red stripes at top and bottom with white fimbriations between the stripes and a white serif “T” slightly shifted to hoist.
Klaus-Michael Schneider
, 2 May 2017

Torghatten since 2009

[Torghatten] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 May 2017

Blue with red stripes at top and bottom with white fimbriations between the stripes and a white unserifed “T” in centre.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 May 2017

Torkel Alendal

[Torkel Alendal] image by Ivan Sache, 12 December 2013/p>

Josef Nuesse's "Ships and Flags" website shows the house flag of Torkel Alendal, a Karmsund-based company, as white with a thin blue horizontal stripe at the top and bottom edges, in the middle a "floating" swallow-tailed red flag charged with a white "A" attached to a blue staff topped with a blue disk.
Ivan Sache, 12 December 2013

Nautical Antiques Warehouse, offering for sale some crockery from a Torkel Alendal ship, has it the company was founded in 1979.
Torkel Alendal himself apparently lives on the Channel Islands these days.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 17 January 2014

Troms Fylkes Dampskisselskap

[Houseflag of Troms Fylkes Dampskisselskap] image by Jorge Candeias

flag at Hamburg Exhibition about Hurtigruten
Troms Fylkøs Dampskipsselskap image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 January 2009

Established 1 October 1888 in Tromsø.

Description of flag: It is a dark blue flag, fimbriated white and red. Within a blue field are white capital letters, one capital in each corner "TFDS" around a white 5-point star in the centre.

Seat: Tromsø
The company was established as Tromsø Amts Dampskibsselskab in 1866 for local steamship service in Troms County. An extensive network was built up over the years and in 1925 the company was renamed. A summer service to Spitsbergen (Svalbard)was started in 1934. The ship of that line was later used as a replacement ship within the coastal express service. The purchase of four ships of Bergenske in 1979 heralded a phase of expansion. In 1984 the company overtook the shares of Nordlandslinje in Nord-Poolen. TFDS became a partner in RoNoTro, which bought Bergenske from Kosmos. The company was enabled to buy the two vessels of Nordenfjeldske. Today TFDS runs five ships in the coastal express line, furthermore local ferry servicesand commercial shipping activities in tankers and offshore
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2017


image by Eugene Ipavec, 24 June 2009

Homepage of the Tschudi group (in English), demerged in 2003 from Tschudi & Eitzen, founded 1883:
Helpful quote from the ‘About Us’ section, left menu: "Tschudi Shipping Company is a privately controlled Norwegian ship owning company operating within the international maritime industry. The company focuses on active ownership and management of vessels and shipping related projects and companies."
As can be seen on the introductory page, Tschudi participates in, or owns, various companies: Esco, container carrier (EE); Tschudi Logistics (NO); Tschudi Lines Baltic Sea and North Sea, respectively (NO/EE); Tschudi Road Transport (EE); and Tschudi Ship Management (EE). All but Esco and the also listed ITC (NL) and Otto Danielsen (DK, taken over in 2005) use the current house flag.
Further firms - using different logos and, probably house flags - are Kirkenes Transit, logistics provider for Russia (NO), Sydvaranger, former mining and current industrial maritime service provider (NO), Boreal Group, offshore services (NO).
From the ‘History’ section: "From 1896 the funnel mark of T&E was the coat of arms of the canton of Zurich on a red belt thereby combining the colours of Norway with a Swiss symbol (...) introduced (...) as a gesture to the vessel's Swiss shareholders. From 1895 until 1936 Swiss capital raised from the connections of Captain Henry Tschudi whose family originated from Switzerland, provided an essential part of the investments in new vessels for the company.
From that time on until the second world war the company's vessels were all given Swiss geographical names. Tschudi Shipping Company will continue to display this time-honoured funnel mark on its directly owned vessels."
Flag related image taken from the site and photo detail found here.
Swallowtail, per descending diagonal divided into light blue and white, a light blue initial ‘T’ (no serifs) in the upper fly.
FOTW-ws pages concerning Tschudi & Eitzen, Zurich, Otto Danielsen, and Esco, respectively:
Tschudi & Eitzen Bulkers A/S, Zürich, Otto Danielsen Rederiet, Esco
Jan Mertens, 07 June 2009

Tønsbergs Rederiaktieselskab

[Tønsbergs Rederiaktiesselskab houseflag]
by Ivan Sache
Source: Boone's Scripophily

Issued August 1926. Quote: "Kr.1000. Serie c. blue, buff, black, red. No 3001-8. The company operated local shipping services along the Norwegian coast north and south of Tonsberg. Shows company flag."

Red field with white diamond bearing a blue disk, thus repeating the Norwegian national colours.
Jan Mertens, 15 January 2005

Photo of Tønsberg flag can be seen here:
Aleksandar Nemet, 30 August 2009

Looking at city of Tønsberg page, we have information on non existence of the flag at the time. Apparently this has changed.
It is interesting to not at the above photo that there is a thin stripe of white attached to the lower edge of the flag. It is hard to say if there is such stripe at the top, and if it is, may it be that these stripes were actually blue and faded away? But, then the seal in the flag looks like very well preserved. Hmh, a mystery to be solved ...
Željko Heimer, 30 August 2009

It does look like a flag with the seal / arms of Tønsberg on it. I don't see anything on their sight about it, though.
The flag looks brand new, for the most part. My view is that we're actually seeing two flags on one pole; the bottom stripe is where the other flag is not obscured by the one in full view. Maybe they didn't want the sun shining through?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 30 August 2009

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