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House Flags of Israeli Shipping Companies

Last modified: 2023-11-18 by martin karner
Keywords: house flag | zim israel navigation company | star: 6 points (yellow) | stars: 7 (yellow) | lucy borchard shipping ltd. | star: 8 points (blue-red) |
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Zim Israel Navigation Company

[Zim Israel Navigation Company (Israel)] 2:3 | stripes 1+4+1
image by Al Fisher and Thanh-Tâm Lê

Zim Israel Navigation Company: Stewart 1959 no. 425.
Al Fisher, 7 February 1999

Zim (a biblical word meaning "fleets") flag is blue-white-blue (1:4:1) with 7 big gold 6 points stars on the white stripe (4 up 3 down). I see this flag twice a day since Zim headquarters is in the way to my work. The origin of the flag made of two blue stripes and seven gold stars came from the book The Jewish State by B.Z. Herzl, the first leader of the Zionist Organization. You can see a sample of the flag on this 1947 menu at their website.
Dov Gutterman, 15 February 1999

From the Zim website:

Zim was incorporated in 1945 by the Jewish Agency, which held 44% of the shares, the Israel Labour Foundation (Histadrut) and the Israel Maritime League. (...) In 1947 the first Zim ship was purchased (...). The main task of the early years was the carriage of hundreds of thousands of refugees and immigrants to Israel.

Santiago Dotor, 6 June 2001

[Flag photo from the Zim website. See there also photos with the flag painted on the funnels.]

Lucy Borchard Shipping Ltd.

[Lucy Borchard Shipping Ltd.(Israel)] (2:3) image by Ivan Sache

The houseflag of Lucy Borchard Shipping Ltd. (website here with animated flag).
Dov Gutterman, 25 August 2001

This is interestingly similar to the houseflags of the Borchard Lines Ltd.(UK) and Fairplay Tugs. Any idea of the reason for such similarity? Were these three once the same company?
António Martins, 18 September 2001