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V.Ships

V.Ships - 8 green and 7 white horizontal stripes
http://www.vships.com/

Dov Gutterman, 13 October 2003


Vacuum Oil Co. Ltd.

[Vacuum Oil Co. Ltd. houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker

I have tried to draw the Vacuum Oil Co. Ltd. houseflag, which, thanks to Ned's relentless ferreting we know now has a gargoyle in the center. Gargoyles are decorative waterspouts that preserve stonework by diverting the flow of rainwater away from building. The word gargoyle derives from the French gargouille, or throat, from which the verb, to gargle, also originates. ( http://cidc.library.cornell.edu/adw/gravely/gargoyle.html )
The Vacuum Oil co. was closely connected to Mobil Oil, a French company, from which the gargoyle was popularized all over the Anglo-Saxon world, see the many greasy cans on offer on Ebay (perhaps you noticed the bottom of the gallon tin?). Mobil is now part of the Exxon conglomerate. Source: All about Ships & Shipping, 1938
Jarig Bakker, 19 October 2003

Vacuum Oil Co. Ltd. The black marks shown by the All About Ships & Shipping source are probably misleading, just like his post WW2 editions still showing the livery when the company had merged prior to the war. Talbot-Booth shows it without these marks in his 1936-1938 books, whilst Brown 1929 and 1934, supported by Loughran 1979, show a version in the name of the American parent company, again without these black marks, but with the emblem ensigned with the black legend "GARGOYLE" in an arc.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 May 2004

See also: Vacuum Oil Co. Inc., (USA)


Vale Steamship Co., Ltd.

(Andrew Crawford, Barr & Co.)

[Vale Steamship Co., Ltd. houseflag] image by Ivan Sache, 28 April 2021

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of Vale Steamship Co., Ltd. (Andrew Crawford, Barr & Co.) (#967, p. 83), a Glasgow-based company, as white with a blue "V" in the center.
https://research.mysticseaport.org/item/l011061/l011061-c008/48/
Ivan Sache, 28 April 2021


Valiant Shipping Co.

[Valiant Shipping Co. houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 15 January 2006

Valiant Shipping Co. (London), Ltd., London - blue flag, white cross, red saltire; in center on white red "V".
Source: Loughran (1995)
Jarig Bakker, 15 January 2006


Van den Akker Bergings- en Transportbedrijf

[Van den Akker Bergings- en Transportbedrijf houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 29 August 2005

Van den Akker Bergings- en Transportbedrijf, Glasgow (Salvage- and Transport company) - horizontal triband of green and white; on white black "AKKER".
(I think this is a misnomer: green-white-green are the Rotterdam colors and the firm's name couldn't be more Dutch...)
Source: Loughran (1995)
Jarig Bakker, 29 August 2005

Might be this one, which is now Vlissingen-based, but started out somewhere else. They appear, however, to use a different logo for the company itself.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 25 September 2005


Vedra Steam Fishing Company, Co., Ltd.

[Vedra Steam Fishing Company, Co., Ltd. houseflag] image by Ivan Sache, 26 April 2021

At the beginning of the war Sunderland had a small fleet of nine steam trawlers. Five were owned by two small companies: The Wear Steam Fishing Company Limited and the Vedra Steaming Fishing Company Limited. Three Sunderland businessmen were the principle shareholders: W. S. Dawson of Dawson and Usher, rope makers; Paul Wayman, a coal merchant; and James Hall, a fish salesman. Hall owned the other four trawlers and a motor fishing boat.

https://www.durhamatwar.org.uk/story/13170/
Durham at War

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of Vedra Steam Fishing Company, Co., Ltd. (#700, p. 70) as horizontally divided black-red-black.
https://research.mysticseaport.org/item/l011061/l011061-c008/35/
Ivan Sache, 26 April 2021


Adelphi Vergottis

[Adelphi Vergottis houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker

From Scott, R.M., The Caltex book of Flags and Funnels, Cape Town, Caltex Africa Ltd. (1959).

Adelphi Vergottis, London - swallowtail per fly diagonal white over blue; two small crosses countercharged.
Jarig Bakker, 2 January 2005

[Vergottis (London), Ltd. houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 10 January 2006

Vergottis (London), Ltd., London - blue flag, white cross, in center yellow 8-pointed star, red "B".
Source: Loughran (1995)
Jarig Bakker, 10 January 2006

Vergottis London Ltd., as it can be guessed from the flag design, is one of the oldest and most prestigious London based Greek shipping companies. The B letter is a Greek Β (bÍta), something between the western B and V.
Ivan Sache, 13 January 2006


Vivian & Sons

[Vivian & Sons houseflag] image by Ivan Sache, 27 April 2021

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of Vivian & Sons (W. Bryant) (#767, p. 73), a Devon-based company, as red with a white diamond in the center.
https://research.mysticseaport.org/item/l011061/l011061-c008/38/
Ivan Sache, 27 April 2021


Vogt & Maguire Ltd.

[Vogt & Maguire Ltd. houseflag] image by Ivan Sache

 Vogt & Maguire Ltd. (London, United Kingdom - http://www.vogt.co.uk/) - white V & M combined to form a logo.
Dov Gutterman
, 11 November 2003

Vogt & Maguire is an old company (more than 100 years old) specialized in shipworking and liner agency.
Ivan Sache, 13 November 2003


Vulcan Shipping Co., Ltd.

(William Glen)

[Vulcan Shipping Co., Ltd. houseflag] image by Ivan Sache, 1 May 2021

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of Vulcan Shipping Co., Ltd. (William Glen) (#1591, p. 112), a Glasgow-based shipping company, as white with a red "G" in the center.
https://research.mysticseaport.org/item/l011061/l011061-c008/#77
Ivan Sache, 1 May 2021


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