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British shipping companies (H)

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Thomas Hamling & Co., Ltd.

[John Herron & Co. houseflag] image by Ivan Sache, 4 May 2021

Thomas Hamling was a prominent smack owner and purchased his first steam trawler in 1886. He owned many vessels of which he was the sole owner till his death on 28 September 1903. Thomas Hamling & Co, as a separate company was formed around 1907 and several vessels where registered under the management of the secretary E Batchelor.
Thomas Hamling—one of the last of the deep sea trawling companies in Hull—went bankrupt in 1983.

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of Thomas Hamling & Co., Ltd. (#1876, p. 126) as horizontally divided blue-white-blue
Ivan Sache, 4 May 2021

George Hammond PLC

[George Hammond houseflag] by Jorge Candeias, 02 Mar 1999

A red flag with a blue lozenge centered charged with a white "H".
Jorge Candeias, 02 Feb 1999

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Hancock & Harries

[Hancock & Harries houseflag] image by Ivan Sache, 1 May 2021

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of Hancock & Harries (#1596, p. 112), a Milford Haven-based shipping company, as divided red over blue by the ascending diagonal, a white "H" in the upper hoist and a white "H" in the lower fly.
Ivan Sache, 1 May 2021

E. Handcock & Co.

[E. Handcock & Co. houseflag] image by Ivan Sache, 30 April 2021

Edmund Handcock (1854-1916) was educated at Taunton and was apprenticed at Messrs Donkin & Co. shipowners of Newcastle.
He settled in Cardiff in 1871 as shipowner, coal exporter and tugboat owner. He owned a business called E. Handcock & Co. which traded at 7 Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff and later moved to Morel's Chambers, Bute Street, Cardiff (1893/4).
Apart from his ship owning, Edmund Handcock was a Vice-President of the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Penarth Pier Co.,
also of the Lady Margaret Steamship Company, of the Liverpool and Cardiff Underwriters Association, and a member of the Executive Council of the Cardiff Exhibition.

Elected to the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club in 1891, Edmund Handcock was Rear-Commodore from 1895 until 1899 and then served two years as Vice-Commodore, separated by a single year in office by Thomas Sheldon, a bachelor lead merchant of Clevedon and the owner of the 38-ton Lorna Doone. Handcock was a tug owner in Falmouth and Cardiff, where there are records of several tugs registered in his name or companies including it. He was an original investor in and a Director of the Barry Dock and Engineering Co Ltd incorporated in 1891, where he is described as a ship owner. The 1861 Census shows him living in Arwenack Street with his father-in-law with whom he is in partnership as butchers, though he is also described as a shipping agent, the 1871 Census in Grove Place as a ship owner and marine surveyor, and the 1881 Census at Melvill Road as a ship owner, so he was advancing in the world. Late 19th Century Lloyds Registers of Yachts lists him as the owner of the 33-ton Waterwitch with addresses in Penarth and Cardiff. He had died by 1917 for his daughter’s marriage announcement in that year referred to the late Edmund Handcock.


Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of E. Handcock & Co. (#1387, p. 103), as white with two blue horizontal stripes at the top and bottom, charged in the center with a blue shield.
Ivan Sache, 30 April 2021

Hannan, Bennett & Co., Ltd.

(William Glen)

[Hannan, Bennett & Co., Ltd. houseflag] image by Ivan Sache, 1 May 2021

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of Hannan, Bennett & Co. (#1594, p. 112), a Fowey-based shipping company, as white with a monogram made of a blue "H" and a blue "B".
Ivan Sache, 1 May 2021

Hanseatic Maritime Agency

[Hanseatic Maritime Agency houseflag] image by Ivan Sache, 21 April 2021

Lloyds Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of "Hanseatic Maritime Agency" (#56, p. 39), a company based in London, as quartered white-red per saltire with the black letters "MHAL" in the respective quarters.
Ivan Sache, 21 March 2008 

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