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House flags of Swedish Shipping Companies (13a)

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O.A. Brodin

[O.A. Brodin] image by Jarig Bakker, 7 August 2005

Blue flag, yellow "B".
Jarig Bakker, 7 August 2005

See also: G. Brodin

The source might have the wrong Brodin in that the flag books show it being Erik O. Brodin. There does appear to be a connection between O.A., G. and Erik O. though, with them basically all operating in the same period which seems to have started around the beginning of the 20th Century. All three are mentioned in Lloyds 1937 telegraphic addresses with O.A. and G. at the same address and Erik 2 buildings down the road. However the ships by the beginning of World War II at the latest all seem to under Erik who operated mainly through Rederi A/B Disa and Rederi A/B Poseidon. By Lloyds 1970 he had been succeeded by Lars Brodin and the following year they were taken over by Salenrederierna.
Neale Rosanoski, 8 July 2006


[Oceankompaniet] image by Jarig Bakker, 7 August 2005

Five horizontal stripes of yellow and blue, proportioned 2.5:1:1:1:2.
Jarig Bakker, 7 August 2005

O.T. Shipping A/B

[O.T. Shipping A/B] image by Jarig Bakker, 12 January 2006
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of Shipping Companies of the World [4]

Skarhamn - yellow flag, white disk bordered blue, blue "T".
Jarig Bakker, 12 January 2006

This company appears to date from 1982 as a successor to O.T. Rederierna [it was at the same address] when that company was liquidated as part of Johansson Group bankruptcy with the shipping activities coming under A/B Shipinvest, who were set up for that specific purpose. By the end of the decade it seems to have disappeared. The same flag appears in the British section under OT Africa Line which was an associate of O.T. Rederierna [to what extent is still not clear at this stage] and it appears the flag was originally that of the latter being so ascribed by the cap badge in Collectors Corner.
Neale Rosanoski, 8 July 2006

Rederi A/B Ostenia

[Rederi A/B Ostenia] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 2 November 2006

The daughter of Fredrik Olsson from her share of her father's estate, with her husband, formed in 1937 this company with a flag, again based on a cap badge, of blue bearing a red "O". The last ship was sold in 1964 and the company eventually became involved in real estate.
Neale Rosanoski, 2 November 2006

Otto Hillerström

Helsinborg [Rederiaktiebolaget Helsingborg]

[Hillerström] image by Phil Nelson
Source: Colin Stewart and John B. Styring: Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours, 1963 [ste63].

Shown under this name pre-World War 2, subsequently appearing as Carl Otto Hillerström and Folke Hillerström respectively as separate identities out of the same address and apparently both using this flag. In the early 1970s they combined as Hillerström-Rederierna before ceasing operations.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003

From the kommandobryggan website one learns that the flag was originally that of Nils Christian Corfitzon who commenced shipowning in 1890 and on going into steam in 1895 formed Rederiaktiebolaget Helsingborg, hence the "H". According to Lloyds 1912 [1] he also used for another subsidiary, Rederi A/B Luggude whilst Reed 1912 just shows it under the name of Corfitzon. On his death in 1913 his companies, ships and livery were taken over by Otto Hilding Hillerström who had commenced operations in 1896 and when he reorganized in 1921 it was as Rederei A/B Helsingborg which remained the main operating company thereafter although the group was generally referred to as Hillerströms and with the flag recognized under this name as well. Otto Hillerström was succeeded by his sons Folke and Carl-Otto with the last ship sold by 1975.
Neale Rosanoski, 2 November 2006

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) [1] shows the house flag of "Rederiaktiebolaget Helsingborg", also "Rederiaktiebolaget Luggude (N.C. Corfitzon)" (#280, p. 50), a company based in Helsingborg, as blue with a white "H" in the middle.

Luggude is a district of Helsingborg. I understand that the company was founded by Nils Corfitzon on 9 January 1896.

Source: RĊĊ Museum för fisk och sjöfart
Ivan Sache, 12 April 2008

Oxelösunds Rederi AB (Percy Tham)

[Oceankompaniet] image by Jarig Bakker, 17 August 2005

Ship: S/S Mineral, built 1903, torpedoed 1940, 13 crewmembers died.

Flag: blue burgee bordered white, yellow 5-pointed star.
Jarig Bakker, 17 August 2005

The operator was Percy Tham Aktiebolaget and according to Lloyds 1912 [1] and Reed 1912 he also operated Rederiaktiebolaget Sverige under the same livery. The vessel "Mineral" was owned by the Oxelösund company from 1903 until sold 1917. Whether he continued in active shipping I do not know but Tham was still operating in 1937 according to Lloyds telegraphic addresses.
Neale Rosanoski, 8 July 2006