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image by Jarig Bakker, 17 Dec 2003
he flag of the Aznar Line was white, with a red ornamental letter A in the middle, surrounded by a red rectangle (following the flag's edges).
More about this company, and images of the flag here. Extract:
"Aznar Line (Sota y Aznar until 1939) operated cargo and passenger services from Spain to South America, United States and the Caribbean. Later they were allocated a large share of the Canary Islands fruit and vegetable market to Britain, sailing to both London and Liverpool. In the late 1940s, the Spanish government ordered six Monasterio Class cargo-passenger ships off around 10000grt. Three of these were allocated to the Aznar Line:- Monte Urbasa (1948), Monte Urquiola (1949) and Monte Ulia (1952). Aznar ordered a fourth ship, the Monte Udala (1948). A similar ship, the Monte Umbe was delivered in 1959. In 1974, the first of two large cruise-ferries arrived, the Monte Toledo entering service between Southampton and Santander. A sistership, Monte Granada, was delivered a year later for summer service between Liverpool and the Canary Islands (Amsterdam-Southampton-Santander in winter). The services were ahead of their time, and the ships were sold to Libya in 1977 as Garnata and Toletela. They remained in service in 2002.
Designing this flag must have been easy, simply dropping the 'S' from the Sota & Aznar house flag.
Jan Mertens, 17 Dec 2003
"All about Ships and Shipping," 1959 has a bit bolder A; Lloyd's Calendar 1957 has a description: "Naviera Aznar, S.A., White; red A in white rectangle with red borders. Funnel: red A."
Jarig Bakker, 17 Dec 2003
Nothing to do with the current spanish Prime-Minister, José María Aznar, I guess...
António Martins-Tuválkin, 18 Dec 2003