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House flags of Manx shipping companies

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Dorchester Maritime Limited

[Dorchester Maritime houseflag] image by Jorge Candeias, 09 February 1999

White with vertical dark blue stripes along the hoist and the fly. In the center a dark blue disc interrupted by white wavy lines in a pattern beyond by description capabilities...
Jorge Candeias, 09 Feb 1999

Difficult to describe indeed, but I have seen that logo used by other companies’ as a symbol. I can’t remember where, though.
Santiago Dotor, 09 Feb 1999

This company is based in the Isle of Man. Homepage:
Dov Gutterman, 26 Jan 1999

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Ltd.

[Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. Ltd. houseflag] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 February 2007

Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, Ltd.
Description: Red, with IOM, three legs, SPCo in yellow. HQ in Douglas, Isle of Man.
I've used Stuart Notholt's image. My sources have the triskellion yellow, see also, which has
white letters, contrary to the books below, which have yellow letters.
Source: "All about Ships & Shipping", 1959, "The Observer's Book of Ships", 1973
Jarig Bakker, 24 October 2003

From the link provided by Barbara Tomlinson of The National Maritime Museum:
"The house flag of the Isle of Man Steam Packet Co. Ltd, Douglas, Isle of Man. A red rectangular flag with the legs of a man in gold in the centre, flanked by the initials 'IOM' and 'SPC'. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. The motifs are cotton and the whole flag is machine sewn. A rope and toggle is attached."
Jarig Bakker, 17 August 2004

Post card collection shows a large triskelion in golden but with black lines, as in the island flag, and with its center slightly offset to the hoist; yellow letters "IOM" placed to extend into between the legs of the hoist side and "SPCº" (the "º" nested within the "C") between the remaining knee and the fly edge; all letters golden yellow narrow sans serif and without dots.
António Martins-Tuválkin, 17 February 2007

Laxey Towing Co.

[Laxey Towing Co. houseflag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 31 May 2009

A page about to ‘Karina’ owned by Laxey Towing at Douglas, Isle of Man: shows the little ship which offers tourist trips centred on the Isle of Man’s east coast. Click on the centre photo at bottom page to see the house flag:

White field, bordered red, bearing a large black initial ‘L’ (funnel in the same colours, Manx flag at the stern).
Jan Mertens, 30 May 2009

Mezeron Ltd.

[Mezeron Ltd. houseflag] image by Ivan Sache, 17 August 2005

This firm - founded in 1985 I believe - operates, according to this website "a fleet of two coasters carrying containers, general and bulk cargoes trading mainly to Manx ports from Glasson Dock in northwest England and Carrickfergus in Belfast Lough".

Here we see the company flag:, i.e. red with a white disk bearing a black letter 'M'. (I should add that the funnels show a flag with a blue field).
Jan Mertens, 5 August 2005

Ramsey Steamship Co. Ltd

[Ramsey Steamship Co. Ltd. houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 13 September 2005

Another Manx shipping company and a venerable one at that is Ramsey Steamship Co. Ltd
Founded in 1913, first ship bought in 1914; currently operating three coastal ships "engaged mainly in carrying bulk cargoes in the Irish Sea and near-Continent trade, and range from 750 to 1500 tonnes cargo capacity". Also active in the shipping agency business, stevedoring, and marine engineering. Company seat: Ramsey, Isle of Man.

The house flag is blue with a white Maltese cross in the centre and white letters 'R' (upper hoist), 'S' (upper fly), 'S' (lower hoist) and 'C°' (lower fly). The '°' sign represents a small raised lower-case 'o'.
Jan Mertens, 21 May 2005