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Nederlandsche Rijnvaart Vereeniging

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[Nederlandsche Rijnvaart Vereeniging houseflag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 24 Nov 2009 See also:

Nederlandsche Rijnvaart Vereeniging

Here is the old (i.e. first) house flag of N.R.V. or Nederlandsche Rijnvaart Vereeniging (Dutch Rhine Shipping Association), found here.
Simply white with black initials “N.R.V.”. Although N.R.V. was founded in 1920, ‘Flaggen auf dem Rhein’ (1952 ed.) shows the second, more elaborate flag; I do not know when it replaced the earlier one.
Jan Mertens, 23 Nov 2009

NRV new flag

[Nederlandsche Rijnvaart Vereeniging new flag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 28 Nov 2009

Some essential facts about this Dutch shipping company. Founded in 1920 by collective action of Van Driel, Schroers, and Keulse Vaart totalling 75 tugs and 200 towed barges to which was added the fleet of Drughorn Ltd, London.  Van Driel who also owned Drughorn pulled out in 1930.  In 1968 NRV and Vulcaan merged to form EWT taken over by Veerhaven (then Thyssen-Krupp) in 1974.
‘Flaggen auf dem Rhein’ (1952 ed.) shows a house flag which is certainly more elaborate than the very simple one presented yesterday, year of introduction unknown. Diagonally divided blue (hoist, fly) and white (top, bottom), a large part of the centre taken up by a white blue-rimmed disk in which appear eight blue wavy lines surmounted by, and partially indented by, vertically placed initials “NRV” in blue.   Fimbriation occurs where the disk would have touched the blue triangles and also between the letter “V” and the wavy lines.
Jan Mertens, 24 Nov 2009