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House flags of Swedish Shipping Companies (16)

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Sven Salén A/B

Sven Salén flag
[Sven Salén A/B] image by Phil Nelson
Source: Colin Stewart and John B. Styring: Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours, 1963 [6].

Talbot-Booth depiction
[Sven Salén] contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003

Talbot-Booth 1942 and 1994 shows a green flag with what resembles a yellow fan like shell and in the field corners the respective yellow letters "ABBT". The connection with this flag is a mystery to me and by 1949 Talbot-Booth is showing the version noted by FOTW. After World War 2 most of their shipping was in the name of Salénrederierna A/B with Salén appearing to later have adopted the name of Salénrederierna which became Saléninvest A/B in 1981. In the mid 1980s they filed for bankruptcy and despite a reorganization it appears this was their fate.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003

Mr Kosanoski has found at Sven Salén AB a green flag with a 'yellow fanlike shell'. However, it is a banana stock! The company AB Banantransport (AB = aktiebolag = Ltd) owned smaller banana ships to transport bananas from mainly Rotterdam - where they came in large Elders & Fyffes ships - to Sweden and Norway. Chronologically, this flag is the older one. After WWII when Sven Salén became the sole owner of the company, he changed the house flag to the blue one with 'bananas' above and below the S.
Torsten Hagnéus (Retd Master Mariner), 31 October 2014

Sven J, Mattsson

Sven J, Mattsson image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 16 January 2007

Sven J, Mattsson of Slite operated between the 1950s-1970s with a yellow flag having a broad light blue horizontal band bearing the white letters "SM" being shown by Brown 1978 & 1982 [3].
Neale Rosanoski, 16 January 2007

Svenska ESSO

[Scandlines] image by Jarig Bakker, 16 August 2005

Ship T/T ESSO Stockholm - Flag: red over white burgee; in the center the company logo.
Jarig Bakker, 16 August 2005

An unusual flag and I cannot work out where it comes from. In almost all cases the Esso group companies used the same flag of white with "Esso" in red within a blue oval ring. Although it is associated by implication by the kommandbryggan website with the vessel "Esso Stockholm", together with a similar funnel colouring, the photo shows the normal Esso group funnel as do all other photos I have found both for her and the "Esso Gothenburg" which were the only ships that were placed under this company up until 1971 when they were transferred to Dansk Esso. No flags can be made out in these photos. Another point of concern is that the ring is shown as black instead of the normal blue but that may be a scanning effect from wherever the original image came from. The only other reference to a flag for this company that I have found comes from Collectors Corner website where the normal flag is shown as the cap badge.
Neale Rosanoski, 28 August 2006

Svenska Hamburg Linien

[Scandlines] image by Jarig Bakker, 12 August 2005

Gyronny dark yellow and blue; in center white diamond, charged with black "SHL". This was the line of Jarl Malmros.
Jarig Bakker, 12 August 2005

Formed post World War 1 with Frans Mamros, father of Jarl, being involved. A sister company of Trelleborgs Ångfartygs A/B from whence the flag is derived.
Neale Rosanoski, 28 August 2006