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British shipping companies (C)

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R&J Craig Co.

[C. Crawley Ltd. houseflag] 3:5 image by Rob Raeside, 15 January 2008

House Flag of R&J Craig Co of Glasgow.
Red, white and blue horizontal: red St Andrew's Cross superimposed on white.
Graham Cumming, 15 January 2008

According to James Griffin's 'Flags national and mercantile' (Portsmouth, Griffin, 1891), the flag was 3:5 in dimension.
Ian Sumner, 16 January 2008


C. Crawley, Ltd.

[C. Crawley Ltd. houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 29 August 2005

C. Crawley, Ltd., Gravesend - green flag, white bucket.
Source: Loughran (1995)
Jarig Bakker, 29 August 2005


Crescent Shipping

Crescent house flag image by Jarig Bakker, 10 Aug 2004

From The National Maritime Museum:

The house flag of Crescent Shipping. A rectangular red flag with a white crescent near the hoist. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist and is machine sewn. A rope and toggle is attached.
Jarig Bakker, 10 Aug 2004

Crescent Shipping. This is the flag of the British company London & Rochester Trading Co. Ltd. The NMM flag is the only source which shows these different proportions. London & Rochester, dating from 1907, used Crescent Shipping as a trade name until 1986 when they officially became Crescent Shipping Ltd. Involved in the coastal trade, in 1989 they absorbed Bowker & King Ltd. who were similarly involved but in tankers and according to Brown 1995 they then used two flags, one red with the white crescent for cargo ships and the other blue with the white crescent for tankers. In 1997 a takeover saw them become Crescent plc under which title, as a subsidiary of the Clipper Group, they still operate with their shipping operations handled by Crescent Marine Services Ltd. Going by their website www.crescentltd.com they probably no longer use this flag as their logo appears to now comprise mainly a red crescent above two wavy red lines though a blue version is given for the Seatruck Ferries division. The red version is shown appearing on a white funnel band which may indicate possible use as a flag.
Neale Rosanoski, 18 April 2005

Crescent house flag image by Jarig Bakker, 3 October 2005

Crescent Shipping Ltd., (Tanker), London - blue flag, white crescent towards the hoist (the companion of the red flag with crescent).
Loughran (1995)
Jarig Bakker, 3 October 2005


Isaac Crocker

[Shah Line houseflag] image by Ivan Sache, 10 April 2008

Lloyds Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of "Isaac Crocker" (#254, p. 49), a company based in Cardiff (Wales), as white with a red "A" in the middle.
Ivan Sache
, 10 April 2008 


Crow, Rudolf & Co.

[Shah Line houseflag] image by Ivan Sache, 4 April 2008

Lloyds Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of "Crow, Rudolf & Co." (#177, p. 45), a company based in Liverpool, as horizontally divided red-blue-red with a white disk in the middle.

"A heavy failure is reported from Liverpool, where the well known firm of Crow, Rudolf & Co., merchants and shipowners, have availed themselves of the protection of the Liverpool Bankruptcy Court. An order for a receivership, says "The Times" has been made against them on the petition of certain creditors, who are bankers in New York. [...] The failure is understood to be due to the suspension of the First National Bank of Pensacola, which involved the failure of an American firm heavily indebted to Crow, Rudolf & Co. [...]"
Ivan Sache
, 4 April 2008 


Crusader Shipping Ltd.

[Crusader Shipping Ltd houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, based on the website of the National Maritime Museum.

From the website of the National Maritime Museum, "the house flag of Crusader Shipping Ltd., London. A black swallow-tailed pennant with a shield bearing the cross of St George on a gold sword. The flag is made of a machine sewn, wool and synthetic fibre bunting. The motif and the hoist are made of cotton fabric. A rope and toggle is attached. The crusader's sword and shield in the design were intended by the company to symbolise the launch into a new trade route across the Pacific from New Zealand to the West Coast of USA."
Jarig Bakker, 10 August 2004


Crusader Swire Container Service Ltd.

[Crusader Swire Container Service Ltd. houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 9 September 2005

Crusader Swire Container Service Ltd., London - white flag, blue "CSCS".
Source: Loughran (1995)
Jarig Bakker, 9 September 2005


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