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House flags of Swedish Shipping Companies (17)

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Svenska Orient Linien (Swedish Orient Line)

[Swedish Orient Line] image by Jorge Candeias, 21 March 1999

Swedish Orient Line (Sweden) - White with a blue disc centered, charged with the three crowns of Sweden. I've got a question on this. These three crowns have the dignity of a state symbol in Sweden. Although, some other houseflags "borrow" colours and/or flag designs from their home-countries, none of them has this strong connection to the state symbols. Doesn't it arise some discussion in Sweden to see the three crowns on a private flag?
Jorge Candeias, 21 March 1999

Swedish Orient Line (SOL) was founded in 1911 and belonged to Ångfartygs AB Tirfing, later the Broström group. During the years 1984-1991 it belonged to the Transatlantic group. SOL is situated in Gothenburg. It has shipping lines mainly between the Baltic Sea and the Mediterranean.

According to information on the homepage, at, many of the services are now operated in the name SolNiver Lines, a joint venture with Scan Orient Shipping Co. Ltd. which is a subsidiary of the Greek shipping company Niver Lines. SOL holds 60 % of the shares in SolNiver Lines. However, I did not find any information about any house flag for SolNiver Lines.
Elias Granqvist, 17 March 2001

Formed as Svenska Levant Linien, or Sverige-Levanten A/B (sources vary) becoming Swedish Orient Line in 1927 (company website) changing from this in 1995 to B&N Svenska Orient Linien A/B until 1997 when Swedish Orient Line A/B was adopted (Lloyds). According to Brown 1926 [9] they used a Broström flag of 4 blue and 3 red horizontal bands with a white "O" wholly overall the 3rd to 5th bands whereas post-World War 2 sources show it using the Broström flag proper with the combined white letters "AB". Subsequently they appear to have inherited the flag of A/B Svenska Amerika Linien which had also become part of the Broström group with the flag appearing on their website but with the blue of the circle being in line with the national colours.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003

Svenska Rederi A/B Öresund

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

This is a case of déjà vu. Three years or so ago someone had seen the P&O flag in Atlanta, and wondered what it was. I mentioned having seen it in the Sound (the water between Copenhagen and Malmö). This was what I had seen.
Ole Andersen, 22 September 2000

This flag is shown by the US Navy 1961 [8] as also for A/S D/S Öresund, the Danish company based Copenhagen with Talbot-Booth 1942 also confirming use by the latter. They managed some of each others vessels at times and appear to be associates with the colours possibly symbolizing Sweden and Denmark. The latter was absorbed into Scandlines A/S in 1997 by which time Svenska Rederi A/B Öresund were managers only for a D/S A/S Öresund vessel. It is of course not the same as the P&O flag which has the same colours but in a different order.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003

Svenska Sockerfabriks AB

[Svenska Sockerfabriks] image by Jarig Bakker, 17 August 2005

ship S/S Lida, built 1920, Upphuggen 1964 i England and lived happily ever after - white flag, red disk with a narrow white concentric circle surrounding white "SSA".
Jarig Bakker, 17 August 2005

Svenska Sokerfabriks

Sources vary with the thickness of the outer ring and Brown 1982 [3] shows it as black instead of red. There appears to have been another flag, apparently earlier, based on a cap badge in the Collectors Corner site being white with a red canton bearing a gold saltire, and on the field the black letters "SSA". The "Lida" was owned by the company from 1935-1938 and the photo on the kommandobryggan site is not clear enough to make out the name so I would hesitate to associate it with its time as "Lida", especially as the funnel markings do not correspond.
Neale Rosanoski, 29 August 2006
image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 29 August 2006

Sveriges Oljekonsumenters Riksförbund

pre-1969 flag
[Sveriges Oljekonsumenters Riksförbund] image by Phil Nelson
Source: Colin Stewart and John B. Styring: Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours, 1963 [6].

OK is the co-op oil company. In Sweden, their gas stations have merged with Kuwait Petroleum's.
Ole Andersen, 23 September 2000

Nowadays, these gas stations have the name "OK Q8", the logo (also used on flags) being two half circles, one blue and one red, side by side with their open ends away from each other.
Elias Granqvist, 23 September 2000

post-1969 flag
[Sveriges Oljekonsumenters Riksförbund] image by Jarig Bakker

Sveriges Oljekonsumenters Riksförbund was formed 1945 changing name to Oljekonsumenternas Förbund in 1963 and then later apparently to Oljeksumenterna-Ok. In 1969 the livery was changed to avoid confusion with that of ESSO with the flag becoming white bearing the large red letters "OK" angled slightly per bend sinister. Shipping operations appear to have ceased in the latter 1980s.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003