Shipping Colours research

Nish Kampfner
21st October 2008, 14:35
Hi there...we're researching which company had a white band near the top of the funnel with a blue S between it - pictures in the SN Gallery show SS Robin aka SS Maria with these colours on her funnel. So far we've drawn a blank as to whether this was during her time under Spanish shipping owners from 1900-1974 or prior in the early 1890's when she was registered in Glasgow under Robin Steamship Company or from her launch in 1890.

If anyone could shed any light we'd be really interested to hear from them.....thanks, N

john ward
10th June 2009, 22:59
Would it be Saguenay Terminals Ltd.? Black funnel with white band with blue S and their name in white on the blue hull . Canada. This is from my 1953 book on house flags.
John

Nish Kampfner
6th August 2009, 14:27
Would it be Saguenay Terminals Ltd.? Black funnel with white band with blue S and their name in white on the blue hull . Canada. This is from my 1953 book on house flags.
John
Hi John,
Thanks for looking it up - no Canadian history I'm afraid - the SS Robin was a short-sea trader working UK coastal ports and Northern Europe from 1890-1900 thereafter sold to Spanish shipping owners with Bilbao-Santander routes.
Appreciate the effort though....thanks,

Peter4447
6th August 2009, 16:41
Hi Nish
I have checked Lloyds Flags and Funnels for 1912 without success. Can you just confirm as to whether the blue S is actually on the white band or is it between the white band and the top of the funnel. There are a couple of smaller fleets with a blue S on the white band but both appear to have been based in Whitby, Yorkshire.
May I also ask the purpose of your research as I may be able to put you in touch with somebody who could help.
Regards
Peter4447(Thumb)

Nish Kampfner
18th August 2009, 15:49
Hi Peter,

Thanks so much - would be very grateful for help. Purpose is that the SS Robin Trust is currently restoring SS Robin and looking to be as accurate as we can about her colours. We know from her archive that she passed hands from London to Glasgow mid 1890's before being sold overseas early 1900.

Since I last posted we have discovered Eduardo de la Sota, Bilbao shipping owner and last/latest of the Basque owners (until 1970's) had a similar house style - black funnel with white band and blue stripe - but no 'S', however it would make sense given the name Sota.

Would be interested in anyone who may be able to help us understand SS Robin's early funnel colours between her launch in 1890 until 1900 when she was still a British coaster.

cheers, N