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O & A. Irgens

[O & A. Irgens flag]
image by Jarig Bakker
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, 1926 [9]

Bergen - yellow flag, blue swastika
Jarig Bakker, 22 February 2005


O. Tønnevold

[O. Tonnevold flag]
image by Jarig Bakker
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, 1926 [9]

[O. Tonnevold flag]
image by Eugene Ipavec, 04 April, 2011

O. Tønnevold, Grimstad - blue swallowtail, white "T".
Jarig Bakker, 11 February 2005

We see a blue swallowtail bearing a white serifed initial "T", the source being Wedge, F.J.N.; Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies; 1926 [wed26] . A slightly later appearance is Flaggenbuch Teil II (Fla. B. II) [d9e28]
Jan Mertens, 31 March, 2011

O. T. Tønnevold AS of Grimstad nowadays the firm uses a rectangular flag and an initial without serifs: http://www.ott.no/index.php?menuid=1&expand=1
This family business founded by O.T. Tønnevold in 1875 flew the swallowtail on ships like ‘Siam’ operated 1908-1923:
http://www.ott.no/images.php/original/119/11%20Siam%2020x30%20(600%20x%20400)%20resize.jpg
Tanker business developed but during WWII a split occurred resulting in two Tønnevold firms reunited, finally, in 1990. Currently container ships are operated as well, moreover OTT has diversified into property and technology investments. Oddly, the ‘Fleet’ section under ‘Shipping’ (upper menu) lists only one unsold ship, sailing under the British flag.
The two house flags are shown by skipet.no without chronological reference (and no serifs).

[O. Tonnevold flag]
image located by Jan Mertens, 31 March, 2011

Image of rectangular variant attached, see also the last pic on this page for a table flag (many relevant photos on these pages).
Jan Mertens, 31 March, 2011


O.A.T. Skjelbred

[O.A.T. Skjelbred flag]
image by Jarig Bakker
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, 1926 [9]

O.A.T. Skjelbred, Christiansand - red flag, blue cross bordered white; in center white disk, blue "OS".
Jarig Bakker, 2 February 2005


O.H. Meling & Co.

[O,H. Meling & Co.]
image by Jarig Bakker, 14 January 2006
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of Shipping Companies of the World [4]

Stavanger - the Thailand flag with on blue white "OHM".
Jarig Bakker, 14 January 2006


Odd Berg

[Odd Berg houseflag]
image by Jarig Bakker
Source: The Caltex book of Flags and Funnels [15]

#105 Odd Berg, Oslo - black flag, blackened "B" within whitened "O".
Jarig Bakker, 3 January 2005


Odd Godager & Company


image by Ivan Sache, 21 September 2010
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, 1971 & 1978

The Odd Godager & Company was headquartered in Oslo, Norway. This version of their flag was shown by Brown in both the 1971 and 1978 editions.
Neale Rosanoski, 18 October 2008


modified by Pete Loeser, 21 September 2010

The Odd Godager & Company flag is also shown with a white field and letter, but whether this version is correct is questionable. It may have been taken from Brown (1958) which shows the white variant, while at the same time indicating in their notes that this is incorrect and the white should be yellow. The U.S. Navy Merchant Marine House Flags and Stack Insignia (1961) also shows the white version.
Neale Rosanoski, 20 September 2010


Ofotens og Vesterålens Dampskibsselskab ASA

[Ofotens og Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab ASA houseflag]
image by Jorge Candeias

[Ofoten & Vesteraalens D/S A/S]
image by Jarig Bakker, 23 January 2006
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of Shipping Companies of the World [4]

Based in Narvik - a horizontal White-Red-White flag, in center white diamond, blue "O".
Jarig Bakker, 23 January 2006


Formed 1987 by the amalgamation of D/S Vesteraalens and A/S Ofotens D/S and in 1989 absorbed Nord-Ferjer A/S. Brown 1995 [4] shows the flag as having narrow white bands top and bottom
Neale Rosanoski, 11 December 2003

Ofotens og Vesterålens Dampskibsselskab ASA (Norwegian Shipping Company). Of the 1st two flags shown under this title, the first by Jorge can be confirmed as an actual flag being flown by ships in photos dated 1995 and 2005. The 2nd version by Jarig from Brown 1995 therefore either predates it or it has been mistakenly recorded being thought to be in line with the funnel markings where the main red band with diamond and "O" is edged top and bottom by narrow white bands. Usually one would expect the funnel design to be the same as the flag but in this case apparently not [unless changed].
Neale Rosanoski, 15 April 2011


Ofotens Dampskipsselskap

Ofotens Dampskipsselskap image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 January 2009

Established 24 July 1912 in Narvik.

Description of flag: It is red flag with a white stripe at the top and bottom edge. In the red field is a white lozenge with a black capital "O".
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 January 2009

Ofotens Dampskipsselskap. Although no source is given for this, by the date I suspect that it is also sourced from the Hamburg Exhibition about Hurtigruten which would then give it authenticity although having the "O" black instead of a dark blue is somewhat surprising in getting away from the Norwegian colours. The only portrayal that I can find for the company is from http://www.skipet.no  which shows only the one flag for Ofotens D/S A/S 1912-1987 and then Ofotens Vesteraalens D/S A/S 1988-2006 [after which it merged into the new Hurtigruten Group ASA] and that is the 1st version above as shown by Jorge for Ofotens og Vesterålens Dampskisselskab ASA.
Neale Rosanoski, 15 April 2011

Seat: Narvik
The company was established on 24 July 1912 to undertake local services in the Narvik area, followed by an express service from Narvik to Trondheim. In 1924 the new vessel NORDNORGE was completed. Ofotend became a partner of the coastal express serviceon 1 October 1936, and Narvik was visited every week since then. After WW2 the company lost its position within coastal express service, but started a cargo service between Trondheim and Finnmark instead. The company became a temporary partner of the express line again in 1952 and established a permanent base in 1964. In the 1980ies the company expanded by overtaking Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab, Nord Ferjer and later on Saltens Dampskibsselskab. Merging with Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab on 1 January 1988 the company emerged as Ofotens og Vesteraalens Dampskibsselskab (OVDS). OVDS today stands as a diversified transport group with six ships in the coastal express line as well as a major holding in Nor-Cargo and extensive local services.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2017


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