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Svea, Stockholms Rederi (shipping company: Sweden)

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Svea, Stockholms Rederi A/B

Centered-cross depiction
[Svea, Stockholms Rederi A/B]
image by Phil Nelson
Source: Colin Stewart and John B. Styring: Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours, 1963 [6]. has this one too, but with a more centered S (and uneven swallow-tails?).
Ole Andersen, 22 September 2000

I experienced the time when the ships of Svea came and went in the harbour of Stockholm. I have no memory of Svea having a small Swedish flag in the house flag. The S was on the other hand bolder than in the image.
Richard Roosvall, May 2001 [translated from Swedish]

Scandinavian cross depiction
[Eman. Högberg]
image by James Dignan

Taking a look at Svea in Brown's Flags and Funnels, 1978 [6], which is a few years later than the source in my original image there are a few differences. The Swedish flag appears more along the lines of a Scandinavian cross as anticipated by Ole back at the time of the original posting. Additionally, the 'S' in the image is more san serif v. the serif letter in the Stewart [6] source.
Phil Nelson, 1 June 2001

See: Eman. Högberg

Original flag
[Stockholms Rederi] contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003

Probably the best source available is the Josef Nüsse [5] table flag showing a very small canton with the cross fesspoint to the hoist ie Scandinavian style and with a plain letter. As photos definitely show the "S" on the funnel was plain I would be surprised if that on the flag differed. The company originated 1886 as Stockholms Rederi A/B or Stockholms Ångfartygs Rederi A/B (sources differ) with the original flag being a dark blue with an oval picture, within an ornate gold frame, of the upper portion of a red coated man with a golden crown against a light blue background with the name and flag changed by 1912.
Neale Rosanoski, 5 August 2003

Eman. Högberg

[Eman. Högberg]
image by James Dignan

According to Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours (Colin Stewart; Adlard Coles, Ltd; 1953) [6] Eman. Hogberg was Swedish, and affiliated with Stockholms Rederiaktiebolag Svea which flew the same houseflag.
Ned Smith, 17 October 2003

This is the flag of Stockholms Rederiaktibolag Svea which was associated with Emmanuel Högberg. According to Jordan in The World's Merchant Fleets 1939 he was the managers whilst by the mid-1960's the company was being operated by Curt Högberg who was obviously connected with both Högbergs being at the same address in Lloyds. Whilst they may even have become owners the flag itself belongs to Stockholms Rederiaktibolag Svea, going back to pre-World War 1.
Neale Rosanoski, 6 January 2004

Some more detail has come to light in that Emanual Högberg has been given as heading a syndicate of Swedish families, who, as Stjärnbolagen, acquired over half of the shares in Stockholms Rederi A/B Svea around the 1930s. Emanual apparently became CEO and principal operator although other family members seem to have been involved as well. In 1939 Svea set up a joint venture with Kooperative Förbundet (Swedish Co-operative Society) for a tanker company Rederi A/B Saturnus which became a full subsidiary in 1956 and lasted until the Johnson takeover in 1975.

[Emanual Högberg] [Emanual Högberg] [Emanual Högberg]
images contributed by Neale Rosanaoski, 21 August 2006

According to Brown 1958 [13] they had a blue swallowtailed flag with a yellow "S" [see s210] and this appears to be supported by black and white ship photos. Then it seems the colours became reversed to a yellow flag with a blue "S" [see s209] which is given by US Navy 1961 [8] and supported by a cap badge in Collectors Corner. The latter version is also shown by the kommandobryggan website but they allocate the former to Rederi A/B Staffan which was a company taken over by Svea, operated by Curt Högberg, and then absorbed by Svea. US Navy 1961 also show this blue flag with yellow "S" for Rederi A/B Staffan but in conjunction with another funnel [see s982] so perhaps it was used by both or maybe its adoption for the latter was reason for a change in that for Rederi A/B Saturnus.
Neale Rosanaoski, 21 August 2006

[Rederi AB Fredrika]

[Dalen & Fraternitas] image by Jarig Bakker, 15 August 2005

White swallowtail with blue top and bottom; on white a white shield bordered blue, charged with blue "F".
Jarig Bakker, 15 August 2005

This company had origins going back to 1914 but was acquired by the Högberg family in 1923 according to the kommandobryggan website being managed, according to Lloyds, by Erik Högberg who, it is assumed, was another of the family.
Neale Rosanaoski, 21 August 2006

[Rederi A/B] Staffan

[Staffan] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 2 November 2006

Operated 1935-1966 before, as a subsidiary of Stockholms Rederi A/B Svea it was absorbed into the parent company. Used a blue swallowtailed flag with a yellow "S" being sourced from US Navy 1961 [8] and the Kommandobryggan website although Brown 1958 [wed58] shows it being for the associate Rederi A/B Saturnus.
Neale Rosanoski, 2 November 2006

[Rederi A/B] Saturnus

[Saturnus] image contributed by Neale Rosanoski, 2 November 2006

Formed 1939 as a joint venture by Stockholms Rederi A/B Svea and Kooperativa Förbundet as a tanker company with the latter bought out in 1956, ceasing as an separate identity when Johnsons took over Svea in 1975. Brown 1958 [13] shows it using the livery of Rederi A/B Staffan but other sources including the Collectors Corner website cap badge and US Navy 1961 [8] give it using the reverse colours of a yellow swallowtail with a blue "B".
Neale Rosanoski, 2 November 2006

[Rederij A/B] Expresslinjen

Expresslinjen image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 5 August 2007

Operated the ferry "Marina" 1963-1969 and was a subsidiary of Stockholms Rederi A/B Svea. The flag from a Collectors Corner cap badge was blue with an "X" breaking an arrow, both yellow.
Neale Rosanoski, 9 February 2007

[Rederiaktiebolaget Hernogia]

Rederiaktiebolaget Hernogia image contributed by Ivan Sache, 2 April 2008

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) [1] shows the house flag of "Rederiaktiebolaget Hernogia" (#145, p. 43), a company based in Härnösand (Hernösand in Lloyd's), as white with a blue cross, a white square charged with a black "H" in the middle of the cross and a red star in canton.
Ivan Sache, 2 April 2008

The scanned detail is misleadng. The company name is Rederiaktiebolaget Hernodia and the Number is 150. In Lloyds 1917-8 both this company and Hernosand Rederi Aktiebolaget, being one ship companies, are shown as operated by Hans Hamberg so the "H" may signify him and apply to both. Rederi A/B Hernodia was bought by Rederi A/B Fredrika in 1916 according to the kommandobryggan site.
Neale Rosanoski, 22 November 2008