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image by H.M.
Here is the new symbol of the shipping company which has helped ensure Iceland's independence: Eimskipafjelag Íslands, which was founded 17 January 1914, after the first president talked about its necessity with some local businessmen. The old symbol was used from the beginning but has not been displayed from around the WW2.
From their press release: At the beginning of next year a new chapter in the
history of Eimskip will begin. Under its A new organization chart, the Eimskip
ehf. transportation company will be one of three independent subsidiaries of
the parent company, The Iceland Steamship Company Ltd. The role of the Eimskip
transport company will continue to be the supplier of choice of comprehensive
transportation and logistic services, guided by the principles of
professionalism and responsibility. Eimskip will build on three core values:
achievement, cooperation and trust.
H.M., 9 December 2002
image by Jarig Bakker, 14 August 2004
The Iceland Steamship Co. Ltd. originally traded as H/f Eimskipafelag Islands
changing to the English translation in 1985. The original flag mentioned was
white with a blue cross fylfot or right handed swastika which is no doubt why
it was not seen after WW2, although sources continue to show its existence. The
early Brown series placed it under the name of the Iceland Government and up to
1943 showed it with a squat version of the cross whereas
from 1978 a more elongated version appears indicating that
possibly there was a design change. To confuse matters somewhat, Talbot-Booth
in 1936, 1942 and 1944 publications reverses the cross to make it a left handed
swastika. I presume that he was in error.
Neale Rosanoski, 18 October 2003
The Iceland S.S, Co., Ltd. (Islands, Eimskipafelag H/f) houseflag was recently
drawn by Ivan; Jörg Karaschewski sent an image with a thicker "Hammer of Thor",
which I also find in "All about Ships & Shipping", 1959 - description: "Hammer
of Thor in Blue on White Ground". However Lloyd's Calendar (1957) puts it
simply: Blue swastika on white ground.
Jarig Bakker, 23 October 2003
More surprisingly, it is a clockwise (á la NSDAP)
not a counterclockwise swastika. Is this a variant of the house flag, or the
reverse of the flag, or what?
Santiago Dotor, 28 October 2003
I got the flag together with a Christmas card.
The card shows the office building in Reykjavik from 1926. On the roof
there is also the clockwise swastika. So I think it is the original houseflag
since the beginning in 1914.
Jörg Karaschewski, 29 October 2003
From the National Maritime Museum:
"The house flag of H/E Eimskipafelag, Reykjavik, Iceland. A white rectangular
flag with a blue swastika in the centre.
Jarig Bakker, 14 August 2004
That's not a swastika; the arms are half-length. It's a fylfot, I believe,
though I can't swear to the spelling of that odd word.
Al Kirsch, 14 August 2004
I sailed on the Icelandic Steamship ships from 1963 to 1969. During this time
the swastika flag was flown on their ships wherever. Of course the flag was
observed and drove attention to it, where we went, especially in Germany. The
British merchant people knew that this flag was already in use in this company
from somewhere around 1920.
Guðjón Arngrímsson, 1 November 2006
Photographic confirmation of the swastika flag can be seen at
which show's the company's ship M.V. Selfoss flying the blue swastika on white
house flag. The photo cannot be any earlier than 1999 since that was when the
name Selfoss was first given to the vessel (http://www.heimsnet.is/iceship/hsmyndir/Kaupskip/Eimskip/Eimskip.html).
Ned Smith, 1 November 2006
image by Jorge Candeias
Nesskip hf. is an Icelandic maritime company based in Reykjavik. Image
above is based on a graphic in a weekly supplement in the Público newspaper "Carga
e Transportes" (Portugal), modified from an animated image at www.nesskip.is,
located by Dov Gutterman, 6 February 1999
Jorge Candeias, 11 February 1999
image by Ivan Sache
Nesskip H/F. I visited the company site 20.10.03 and the animated image noted
by Dov was not to be seen. However there is a legitimate flag image showing of
white with a large blue diamond bearing a white "N".
Neale Rosanoski, 19 October 2003
Nesskip was founded in 1974 by Captain Gudmundur Asgeirsson, Honorary Consul
of Cyprus in Iceland, and still owner of the company. The main activity of
Nesskip is bulk trade. Nesskip recently invested in transport of fish oil,
operating the two chemical tankers "Frigg" and "Freyja".
Ivan Sache, 9 November 2003
image by Jarig Bakker, 29 December 2005
Samband Islenzkra Samvinnufelaga, Reykjavik - green flag, white diamond,
black circle, black "SiS".
Source: Loughran (1995)
Jarig Bakker, 29 December 2005