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image located by David Hathaway, 17 March 2006
The National Benzole Company ran a fleet of small tankers between the 1920's and
the 1950's - the firm now just runs garages in north of England.
David Hathaway, 17 March 2006
image by Ivan Sache, 4 May 2021
The National Line (National Steam Navigation Company) was a Liverpool
shipping company which existed between 1863 and 1914.
Established in Liverpool in 1863 with a view to link this port to the
Southern US but changed to New York because of the Civil War. In any case
the idea was to use iron screw steamers transporting cargo as well as
passengers (emigrants, mainly). Competitors were Cunard, Guion, Anchor and
Inman; the National Line did rather well till about 1880 thanks to its
emphasis on freight and numbers of passengers (large ships) rather than
Other ports linked were London-New York (1870) and Boston. National Line had twelve ships in 1879, four of which were then commandeered for the Zulu Wars. One moment of glory occurred when the ‘America’ – for two months – held the Blue Riband (1884). The sailings to New York were discontinued in 1892. In 1896, the Atlantic Transport Line took over National Line which would only carry freight from then on, as it had already done on the London-New York route anyway. The end came in 1914 through voluntary liquidation.
The house flag is red, a white cross throughout and a union jack in the centre, as shown at www.mysticseaport.org, No. 1804 ‘National Steam Ship Co., Ltd., London’.
Jan Mertens, 27 November 2005
image by Jarig Bakker, 10 November 2005, modified by André Coutanche
National Power PLC., London - white flag, blue disk, charged with red "P" and a
white N resembling a lightning flash.
Source: Loughran (1995)
Jarig Bakker, 10 November 2005
image by Ivan Sache, 4 May 2021
Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of National
Steam Trawling Co., Ltd. (#1834, p. 124), a Hull-based fishing company, as red
with a white disk charged with a smaller, concentric red disk. The white ring is
charged with the blue letters "S" (West), "T" (North"), "Co" (East) and "LTD"
(South), while the red ring is charged with the blue letter "N".
Ivan Sache, 4 May 2021
image by Ivan Sache, 26 April 2021
Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of
John Bacon, Ltd. (#631, p. 67), a Liverpool-based company, as white with a blue
https://research.mysticseaport.org/item/l011061/l011061-c008/32/ Formed in Sunderland in 1881 by F & W. Ritson to operate a tramp shipping service, but in 1899 the company inaugurated a liner service between the U.K and Chile, Peru and Ecuador. The high cost of replacing war losses between 1914 and 1918 and the worldwide trade depression of the 1920s caused the end of the company and it was wound up in 1931.
All the ships operated by the company were named for trees as "... Branch": "Almond Branch", "Apple Branch", "Cedar Branch", "Cherry Branch", "Elder Branch", "Elm Branch", "Hazel Branch", "Holly Branch", "Laurel Branch", "Lime Branch", "Maple Branch", "Myrtle Branch", "Oak Branch", "Olive Branch", "Orange Branch", "Palm Branch", "Pear Branch", "Pine Branch", "Plum Branch", "Poplar Branch", "Vine Branch", and "Willow Branch".
Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of the Nautilus Steam Shipping Co., Ltd. (F. & W. Ritson) (#672, p. 68) as white with a red saltire cantonned by the red letters "N", "S", "S" and "Co.".
Ivan Sache, 26 April 2021