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Mogul Steamship Company, Limited

Gellatly, Hankey & Co.

[Mogul Steamship Company, Limited
 houseflag] image by Ivan Sache, 21 April 2021

Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels [Wedge 1926]

Mogul Steamship Company, Limited (Gellatly, Hankey & Co), London - white flag, blue cross with in the center red diamond.
Jarig Bakker, 24 January 2005

In St Boniface Anglican Church in Antwerp some flags may be seen in the cloth but also in windows, one of which was donated by a shipping company from the UK. See text on West Window here, rather down the page: “The West window, donated by an English shipping company in Antwerp, Gellatly, Hankey in 1921, commemorates the casualties of the Great War. (…) Underneath the window are two plaques with details of the dedication of the window.” The second plaque, under the West Window picture, (click to enlarge, new ‘window’) shows the house flag of this firm, white with a blue cross throughout and a red diamond placed in the centre.

I’ve not discovered very much on this firm, other than that it was founded in 1862 and that for some time it was known as Gellatly, Hankey and Sewell; seat: London; now engaged in ‘Marine Services’ under the name Gellatly Hankey International about which I have found nothing substantial.
Jan Mertens, 22 May 2005

Gellatly, Hankey, Sewell & Co. was a shipping company that was established by Edward Gellatly at 109 Leadenhall Street, London, in 1862. The company operated for a hundred years, closing in 1962.

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the same house flag (#151, p. 44).

Ivan Sache, 21 April 2021

Monarch Steam Ship Co. Ltd.

(Raeburn & Vérel)

[Monarch Steamship Co. houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker

From Scott, R.M., The Caltex book of Flags and Funnels, Cape Town, Caltex Africa Ltd. (1959).

Monarch Steamship Co., Glasgow - red swallowtail, blue cross, with blue disk in center, all outlined white; white "M".
Jarig Bakker, 2 January 2005

[Monarch Steamship Co. houseflag] image by Ivan Sache, 3 May 2021

Monarch Steamship Co. A British trampship company originating from Raeburn & Vérel Ltd. who commenced steamship operations out of Glasgow in 1880 with Monarch Steamship Co. Ltd. appearing to date from 1902. The original flag, shown by early sources and some later ones only under Raeburn & Vérel Ltd., was a red swallowtail with a black cross surmounted by an undefined black circle and this was used until around the mid-1950s when the NMM version was adopted. The company seems to have gone into abeyance in the late 1960s and was finally acquired by European Ferries Ltd. in 1973 and then the name resurfaced as ship owners of ferries and it finally ended up part of P&O for the name to then slide into oblivion. I doubt if the flag ever flew again after the 1960s with thereafter it flying the flag of its then owner.
Neale Rosanoski, 18 April 2005

The second flag shown here also appears (#1623, p. 114) in Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) as the house flag of Monarch Steamship Co., Ltd. (Raeburn & Vérel), a Glasgow-based shipping company.
Ivan Sache, 3 May 2021

John S. Monks

[John S. Monks houseflag] image by James Dignan

Based on Sampson (1957)
James Dignan, 14 October 2003

W. Montgomery & Co., Ltd.

[W.Montgomery & Co., Ltd. houseflag] image by Ivan Sache

W. Montgomery & Co., Ltd., London. The flag is blue with a M (white) in the middle.
Based on The Mystic Seaport Foundation
Ivan Sache, 1 February 2004

Monroe Brothers

[Monroe Brothers houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, based on the website of the National Maritime Museum.

From the website of the National Maritime Museum, "the house flag of Monroe Brothers, Liverpool. A white flag with a blue saltire and a red diamond in the centre bearing a white letter 'M'. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist and is machine sewn. A rope and toggle is attached."
Jarig Bakker, 21 August 2004

Moodys & Keely

[Moodys & Keely houseflag] image by Ivan Sache, 3 May 2021

Fleetwood’s steam trawling era began in 1891 with the arrival of the vessel 'Lark', owned by Moodys & Kelly of Grimsby. This appearance displayed the port’s potential to other companies, who soon added vessels to their fleets already at Fleetwood. Moody & Kelly added their ‘ABC fleet’ which included the Arctic, Baltic, Celtic, Doric, Electric, Frolic, Gaelic, Hellenic and Ionic.

Fleetwood Online Archive of Trawlers

Moodys and Keely contributed to fish science by forwarding a hermaphrodite cod to the Plymouth Laboratory. A.E. Hefford described the fish in the Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (New Series) (1908) 8, 315-317, with the following abstract:

On February 27th, the roe of a cod having a testicular portion attached was received at the Laboratory from Messrs. Moodys and Kelly, of Grimsby. It had been taken from a cod caught by a steam trawler fishing in Icelandic waters. Owing to the rough removal of the organs from the fish on the trawling ground, the genital ducts were missing and the region of their origin was ruptured, while the testis had been somewhat damaged in the course of its long journey to Plymouth.

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of Moodys & Kelly (#1693, p. 117), a Grimsby-based fishing company, as vertically divided white-blue.
Ivan Sache, 3 May 2021

Moore & Co.

[Moore & Co. houseflag] image by Ivan Sache

Moore & Co., established in 1925 in Wroxham, Norfolk, operates "the finest motor cruisers on the Norfolk Broads". The Broads are presented as follows in the booklet released by the Norwich City Council:
"The Norfolk Broads is one of the most popular inland waterway in Europe, with 200 km of lock-free boating. It is Britain's largest protected wetland with status equivalent to a National Park, made of navigable rivers, shallow lakes, woodland, fens and grazing marshes. It is also home to some of the rarest plants and wildlife in the United Kingdom.[...] The Broads were formed in the Middle Ages when peat was dug for fuel. Over the centuries, water level rose and the peat diggings flooded, forming the Broads. For many centuries the rivers were vital trading passages. The famous Norfolk Wherries, designed especially to negotiate the shallow waterways of the Broads, carried cargo around inland communities and to and from the coast.[...] Wroxham is the starting point for many boating holidays on the Broads for over a century. Its broad is one of the largest and most beautiful."

The house flag of Moore & Co. is a triangular blue flag with a big yellow M letter.
Company website:

Ivan Sache, 11 September 2004

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