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Société d'Armement E. Frisch & Cie (Shipping company, France)

Last modified: 2013-07-13 by ivan sache
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House flags of Frisch
Top, as shown in Lloyds (1904) - Image by Ivan Sache, 24 November 2005
Bottom left, as shown by P. Bois - Image by Ivan Sache, 16 February 2004
Bottom right, flag as shown in Brown's Flags and Funnels - Image by Jarig Bakker, 12 February 2005

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History of Frisch

Société d'Armement E. Frisch & Cie was founded in 1893. The original aim of the company was the importation of Scandinavian wood via the Baltic Sea. Cargo lines to Tunisia and the Black Sea were opened a few years later.
The not so good situation of the company was improved in 1911 with the purchase of a new liner, SS Jeanne-Marie, which blew up on a mine off Serk (Channel Islands) in 1918.
The economical crisis of the late 1920s strongly affected the company, which sold its last ships to the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique in 1934.

Source: Paul Bois. Armements marseillais - Compagnies de navigation et navires à vapeur (1831-1988), published by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Marseille-Provence [boi03].

Ivan Sache, 16 February 2004

There appears to be some confusion over the actual name of this company with Bois actually showing it as Société Française d'Armement E. Frisch & Cie. whereas The Ships Lists give it as Société Marseillaise d'Armement E. Frisch & Cie. when detailing Compagnie Générale Transatlantique taking control in 1919. Then Lloyds (1904 and 1912 [llo12]) give it as E. Frisch & Cie. operating as Société Française d'Armement whilst Reed (1912) merely lists it as Em. Frisch & Cie. and Randier (1980) gives it as being just Frisch & Cie. in his list of shipowners 1913-1914.

Neale Rosanoski, 20 November 2005

House flag of Frisch

The house flag of Frisch is red with a white lozenge charged with the letter "F", in black according to Paul Bois [boi03] and blue according to Lloyds (1912) [LLo12], Reed (1912) and Brown's Flags and Funnels [wed26].
Lloyds (1904) have a red flag with what can be described as a white cross with curved arms bearing a red "F" with the letter obligingly fitting both company names under which they list.

Ivan Sache, Jarig Bakker, Neale Rosanoski & Dominique Cureau, 13 February 2005