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Bakarsko parobrodarsko društvo (Shipping company, Austria-Hungary)

Bakar Steamship Company

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House flag of Bakar Steamship Company - Image (reconstructed after written description) by Željko Heimer, 16 October 2004

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Presentation of Bakar Steamship Company

Bakar is an excellent natural port east of Rijeka, which, unlike Rijeka that was placed under direct Hungarian rule, remained under Croatian rule. In the mid-19th century the Bakar shipowners had 22 sailships; in 1875 the Croatian Shipping Company was established, initially with three sailships, Ban Mažuranić, Hrvat and Bakaran.
In 1878, the steamship Grad Bakar was built and the steamship company was renamed Bakar Steamship Company. After the building of the direct railroad to Rijeka in the late 1880s, the importance of Bakar gradually diminished.

Željko Heimer, 16 October 2004

House flag of Bakar Steamship Company

Isaić [isa01] writes that a number of Croatian shipowners used the Croatian tricolour as the base for their house flags and gives example of the Bakar Steamship Company, which used the tricolour with the initials "BBD" in the middle. The flag must have been used in the second half of the 19th century and was probably abandoned towards the end of it.

Željko Heimer, 16 October 2004

Hrvatsko brodarsko društvo (Croatian Shipping Company)

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House flag of Croatian Steamship Company - Image by Željko Heimer, 9 November 2005

The Bakar Steamship Company was established in 1875 as the Croatian Shipping Company.
The oil painting Bark "Ban Mažuranić", reproduced in the encyclopedia Opca i nacionalna enciklopedija u 20 knjiga (Zagreb, 2005) shows the house flag of HBD. Based on the national colours, the flag is a blue-white-blue tricolour with the red inscription "HBD" in the central stripe. The painting shows it hoisted atop the mainmast of Ban Mažuranić and with the Dual Monarchy flag as the ensign.

Željko Heimer, 16 October 2004