Ships Funnels & Flags

19th May 2010, 01:51
Can anybody recommend a book which shows the flags and funnel colours of merchant ships. The more comprehensive the better.

19th May 2010, 03:56
One book you may want to try is "All About Ships and Shipping" by Edwin P. Harnack, published by Faber & Faber, 1964. It has several pages of company flags and funnels, both British and International.

I found my copy on EBay.


19th May 2010, 04:19
There was a book published in the UK called "Brown's Book Of Flags And Funnels", published about once every twelve years, but a lot of their artwork and colors were sometimes not as accurate as they could be. The very best work in capturing colors and details were the calendars issued by Texaco, a single poster which was mailed out free every year.

19th May 2010, 23:31
I have a few of Browns but I find the reproductions in FLAGS FUNNELS and HULL COLOURS by Colin Stewart (Pub Adlard Coles 1963) is superior. Of course it depends on the period you need ?

20th May 2010, 05:08
I haven't been able to find a copy of the Browns book on eBay or Abe books.
Ideally, I would like a fairly recent book, whihc was comprehensive enough tio go back as far as the early 1900s. I realise this may be a bit of a big ask, with a price to match. But it is an area of my book collection sadly lacking.
I guess alternatively, a book on shipping lines (?) I have a copy of Janes' Merchant ships form about 1998, but I thought there may be something out there at least with colour drawings or photos? Have I found a niche in the market?

20th May 2010, 09:32
I haven't been able to find a copy of the Browns book on eBay or Abe books.

A few available on but I'm not sure if you can order them from NZ?

keith ratcliffe
20th May 2010, 09:46
I have an old Observer Book of Shipping which shows flags and funnels. It was published in the 1960's and I picked up my copy at a local second hand book shop.

20th May 2010, 10:14
A few available on but I'm not sure if you can order them from NZ?

Certainly can! I shall have a look now!
Thanks for the tip.

4th July 2010, 15:11
There is a website about funnelmarkings and houseflags ( Lloyds Book of Houseflags and funnels

Browns Flags, Funnels, Brown, Son & Ferguson, various years.
Flags, Funnels and Hull Colours 1959, C. Stewart, Adlard Coles, 1959.
A Survey of Mercantile Houseflags and Funnels, J. L. Loughran, Waine Research, 1979. Authorititive work.
House Flags and Funnels of British & Foreign Shipping Companies, E. C. Talbot-Booth, Sampson Low, 1938.
Browns Flags and Funnels of Shipping Companies the World, J. Loughran, Brown, Son & Ferguson, 1996.
Merchant Marine House Flags & Stack Insignia, U.S.Navy Hydrographic Office, 1961. All World Coverage.
Henk Jungerius

21st September 2010, 05:35

Hugh Ferguson
21st September 2010, 08:19
Try for one of Talbot-Booth's Dumpy books: click on this for a sample:-

28th September 2010, 20:12
Fantastic stuff, Thanks to all, this is exactly what I was looking for. However, my brain is now in meltdown with all the info!