The Swiss NAVY?

david freeman
15th December 2015, 08:59
Is there one? I remember in the 60's while at sea sailing on deepsea tankers with BP, I saw, either on the west African coast or in a NW European port a 12-16.000 grt cargo liner, flying and sailing under the Swiss national Flag. The Trading company name escapes me but it has 5-8 ships of similar size registered in Bern or Genieva? I just wonder if this trading company or its successor still trades under the Swiss Flag.
Later on in life in the 80 I remember visiting for professional reasons a Ugandan registered ship, sailing under either its own or another african state flag she was a different story. The point of the story is that landlocked states, trade on the high seas, and while a member of the UN, and do not have a natural sea port, still register their vessels.

jmbrent
15th December 2015, 15:27
There are quite a number of companies with vessels sailing today that are registered under the Swiss national flag and registered in Basel.

Erimus
15th December 2015, 17:13
I seem to remember that there is/was a naval patrol vessel on Lake Constance which was brought to the lake in parts and rebuilt there....there may be more than one there and on Lake Leman ( Geneva)...

geoff

Dartskipper
15th December 2015, 17:17
Could it be that there are tax benefits for registering under the Swiss Ensign?

Roy.

jimg0nxx
15th December 2015, 17:22
I sailed with a Swiss 2nd Mate in Palm Line. He had served his time on Swiss ships and was either married or engaged to a girl who lived up the road from me in Glasgow. I don't think the Swiss had Marine Certificates of Competence and he had taken his tickets in Glasgow, thereby meeting his loved one.
Jim

trotterdotpom
16th December 2015, 00:52
There used to be a few Swiss ships knocking about, maybe Zurich was their gnome port. I also remember seeing an Austrian ship and a Czech ship somewhere.

I sailed with a Swiss bosun who used his Swiss Dicharge Book when lining up for a shore pass in the US. Nice try but not good enough, the Immigration bloke found his name in the rolladex file - banned from shoreleave in the USA.

John T

jimg0nxx
16th December 2015, 01:16
I believe one of the ships trapped in the Great Bitter Lake was Czech.

John Rogers
16th December 2015, 02:12
I have seen them sailing up and down the Rhine,Main,and the Danube. So no problem on having any water to sail on.

Dickyboy
16th December 2015, 02:13
I started a thread a few years ago There's some info on there.

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rickles23
16th December 2015, 08:19
Hi,

Just as a wee bit of humour.

Titled 'Swiss aircraft carrier.'

Regards

tsell
16th December 2015, 08:19
Swiss Navy? Absolutely, no doubt about it - read about this greaser!

http://www.swissnavy.com.au/

Taff

david freeman
17th December 2015, 07:53
I started a thread a few years ago There's some info on there.

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what goes round comes around? I am a little slow in my thinking?

Dickyboy
17th December 2015, 08:15
what goes round comes around? I am a little slow in my thinking?

Not at all David. It's an interesting subject. :)

tunatownshipwreck
17th December 2015, 16:51
Swiss ships have been calling here as long as I remember. I think I've seen all flags of Europe on ships except Andorra, Liechtenstein, Moldova, and the Vatican.

John Rogers
17th December 2015, 17:09
Swiss Navy? Absolutely, no doubt about it - read about this greaser!

http://www.swissnavy.com.au/

Taff

You are on a slippery slope there Taff.[=P]