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G. Tarabochia & Co. Srl at Trieste, Italy are a shipbroker and agency. Website (in English) at <>.
From the ‘Company Profile’: founded 1864 by a family from Lussinpiccolo (now Mali Lošinj, Croatia) as a shipping company and agency representing Austrian firms such as Austro-Americana and Austrian Lloyd.  Important in this respect was Italian emigration to the Americas.
Despite setbacks due to both World Wars Tarabochia “besides its activities of Insurance Company, Claims Agents, Forwarding Agents, Crew Manning Agents and Logistic, as Ship Agents activity (...) has a long and great experience and a tested organization in handling Liners, Tramps, Ro/Ro, Cruises and all types of Vessels”.
Two Tarabochia offices are located at Trieste, a third one at nearby Monfalcone and foreign offices as Koper, Slovenia and Rijeka (Croatia).  (Before WWII there was an office at Genoa as well.)
A flagoid is at <>: White saltire defining blue fields (top, bottom) and red fields (hoist, fly), black combined initials “GT” (the “G” smaller) in the centre within a double circle shown in black outline.
Jan Mertens, 19 January 2010

image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 24 January 2011

Shipping agency of Trieste, Tarabochia (often spelled with –cc). Briefly mentioned is the company’s past as a shipping operator. Tarabochia flew a completely different house flag as seen here (first item): Vertically divided blue-white-blue, three five-pointed stars horizontally
positioned and counterchanged.
As the company was named “Tarabochia e Soci.” at one point the stars may well represent the owners...just speculating.
Jan Mertens, 24 January 2011


image by Jarig Bakker, 19 September 2005

TARROS Line (Traghetti Autotrasporti Rapidi Rogioni Organizzazione Sarda S.p.A., Cagliari) - white, a blue outlined rectangle, a yellow rectangle and the firm's logo in the center.
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995.
Jarig Bakker, 19 September 2005


image by Jarig Bakker, 13 July 2004

From "The dumpy book of ships and the sea" (ed. Henry Sampson, published by Sampson Low, London, circa 1957):
"Tirrenia" Societa Anonima di Navigazione: Blue with a diagonal running from honour point to bottom fly. The diagonal is yellow over red. In upper fly, a capital "T" (white?), in lower hoist a Lion Passant regardant (possibly crowned, possibly yellow?).
James, 18 October 2003

The "T" is yellow; lion uncrowned.
Sources: All about Ships and Shipping, 1938, 1959; Lloyd's Calendar 1959.
Jarig Bakker, 18 October 2003

At the 1940 page at <>: "Tirrenia", Naples - The lion is almost rampant – on the other hand there is not very much space to ramp about in!
Jan Mertens, 5 January 2008

TOREMAR as well as Caremar and Siremar belong to the state-owned ‘Tirrenia di Navigazione’
Jan Mertens, 30 November 2008

TOREMAR - Toscana Regionale Marittima

new version
image by António Martins, 28 December 2008

old version
image by Jarig Bakker, 28 October 2005

Toscana Regionale Marittima S.p.A. (TOREMAR), Livorno - horizontal triband BWB, blue slanting fanged "T".
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995.
Jarig Bakker, 28 October 2005

TOREMAR or ‘Toscana Regionale Marittima’, an Italian shipping (ferry) company established at Livorno (Leghorn).
The new flag is shown here (top row): The blue horizontal stripes are smaller and the blue initial ‘t’ larger, and lower case.   Flickr photo showing that flag (albeit small).
However the company website shows a ‘t’ traversed by two parallel horizontal lines.
TOREMAR as well as Caremar and Siremar belong to the state-owned ‘Tirrenia di Navigazione.
Jan Mertens, 30 November 2008

See also: Navigazione Toscana

Transatlantica Italiana

image by Eugene Ipavec, 1 August 2006

According to <> - Founded in 1904 and based at Genua, the ‘Transatlantica Italiana S.A. di Navigazione’ was part of the deal when Hamburg America Line bought Ligure Brasiliana in 1913.  A year later, the firm was renamed ‘Transatlantica Italiana’ and finally in 1915 the Germans were pushed aside – Italy had entered WWI on the side of the Allies.
In 1916, then, Transatlantica was bought up by ‘Società Nazionale di Navigazione di Genova’, member of the Gruppo Ansaldo. As the name says, the company operated lines across the Atlantic, connecting Italy to New York and South America.  But when the Ansaldo Group went out of business and conditions worsened, Transatlantice started selling off the ships and ceased to exist in 1934.  
For the house flag, see this ticket at   <> and poster, showing – seemingly – a double-sided flag as we can read the initials from left to right at <>. It shows a red swallow-tailed flag with a white five-pointed star in the centre, within a white laurel wreath, and white initials ‘T’ and ‘I’ to the left and right of the star, respectively (but they seem to have black ‘insides’ which do not show up on the flag in the poster.). On metal advertising plaque from a German agent, active 1924-1928 at <>, the initials are firmly black, fimbriated white.
So it seems Transatlantica's flag had three colours, after all.
Jan Mertens, 10 June 2006


image by Jarig Bakker, 13 July 2004

Probably the old flag
image by Jarig Bakker, 13 July 2004

The houseflag of Agenzia Tripcovich S.r.l (from Trieste), can be seen at <>.
Dov Gutterman, 26 October 2003

The old flag is after Brown's Flags and Funnels (1951) - there is a brilliant rendition of the logo on a sail at <>.
Tripcovich Shipping Agency was established on November 11, 1895, by Diodato Tripcovich, born in 1862 in Dobrota, Gulf of Kotor, from a family having deep-rooted seafaring traditions.
Jarig Bakker, 13 July 2004

According to the company website Diodato Tripcovich formed Ditta D. Tripcovich Società di Armamento e Agenzia Marittima which later, going by an image, became Società di Navigazione D. Tripcovitch & Ci. This image includes a red sail bearing a white foul anchor between the white letters "S" and "A" and this is the flag shown by sources from Lloyds 1912 to Stewart 1963 and although Lloyds 1904 shows a version with the anchor being without the cable. By the beginning of the 1980s, by which time the title is shown as D. Tripcovich & C. S.p.A. di Navigazione Rimorchi e Salvataggi, the ship owning activities only involved tugs and this appears to have ceased briefly before Lloyds show Armamento D. Tripcovich S.r.l. being formed in 1984 and again operating sundry tugs and research vessels until around the end of the century but whether they used the previous flag is not known. The current firm of Agenzie Tripcovitch S.r.l. with their biband pennant and yellow anchor are apparently the modern descendent, being involved in port agency and associated functions.
Neale Rosanoski, 15 July 2004

At the 1940 page at <>: "Tripcovich", Trieste - Initials and (foul) anchor are somewhat bigger but then our image is a reconstruction. See also 1912 Lloyds under no. 900 `D. Tripcovich, Trieste, at <>.
Jan Mertens, 5 January 2008

TTT lines

image by Eugene Ipavec, 4 January 2008

Linking Naples and Catania (Sicily) – and now Taranto as well -  this Italian ferry company maintains a website (in Italian) at <>. The firm operates two ships, ‘Partenope’ and ‘Trinacria’, names which recall Naples and Sicily; the acronym means ‘Tomasos Transport & Tourism SpA’. Company seat is Naples. The conditions of transport (‘Condizioni di Trasporto’, left menu) lead to pdf files which, oddly, show the house flag upside down (indirectly confirmed by the presence of a reassuringly ‘balanced’ star on the ships’ bows and the funnels). The brochure (same, left menu) does better: sky blue field, two narrow white stripes parallel to the horizontal edges, between said stripes a white disk bearing a yellow five-pointed star. One point up! 
‘Sky blue’ as the flag may be found elsewhere – also a drawing, by the way – having a much darker field at   <>.   Clear photo (copyright G. Linizhuber, 2007) with admittedly dark field, last on the page at <> flying on the bow of ‘Partenope’.  
Some company history gleaned from this page (note the similar funnel): Of Greek origin (Leros, Chios), Emmanuel Tomasos started shipping in the Mediterrenean and the Black Sea from 1886 on. His son Constantino – note the Italian form – founded ‘Constantino Tomasos Trasporti Marittimi’, a shipping agency, at Naples in 1910. After WWII the family invested in bulk ships and – later – tankers.  Tomasos Brothers Inc. has offices in Piraeus and Naples, the latter being the seat of TTT Lines concerning us here.
Jan Mertens, 2 January 2008

Valentino Gennarino

The houseflag of Valentino Gennarino S.r.l can be seen at <>.
Dov Gutterman, 4 November 2003


The houseflag of Valtomar Shipping S.r.l can be seen at <>.
Dov Gutterman, 4 November 2003

Veneziana di Navigazione

image by Eugene Ipavec, 29 December 2009

The laguna and river craft operator Veneziana di Navigazione SpA was established at Venice, not the famous fashion company bearing the same name (nor even the pre-war shipping company with a very similar name) Website, Italian only, at <>.
The ‘Flotta’ (i.e. fleet) page for an overview of the various waterborne workhorses. These vessels or floating equipment include tugs, pontoons (motorized or not), barges, and motorboats in various sizes, adapted to the special environment they service.
I could not find a photo of the house flag (one vessel has it painted on) but there an image of it included in the the complete logo. The flag itself is white, bordered red, bearing a large red initial “V” without serifs.
Jan Mertens, 20 December 2009


image by Jarig Bakker, 14 July 2004

This Vetor Aliscafi houseflag can be seen at the company site at: <>.
Dov Gutterman, 23 January 1999

The flag of Vetor Aliscafi (Italy) is a white logo on blue. What does the logo look like?
The original image is way too small to see.
Jorge Candeias, 13 February 1999

I guess it's a large V - but I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't a houseflag at all...
Jarig Bakker, 14 July 2004

Vetor Aliscafi should be Vetor Sr.l. being formed 1971 by Torquato Vecchiarelli and now incorporating all of his shipping. The website image is now a bit clearer and appears to be a light bright blue bearing a large white "V" though the font is unclear.
Neale Rosanoski, 15 July 2004

Villain & Fassio

Earlier version
image by Jarig Bakker, 14 July 2004

Later version
image by Jarig Bakker, 14 July 2004

Villain & Fassio, Soc. Italiana di Nav. Mercantile p. A., Genoa.
Earlier version - from Loughran (1979): same flag as "Fassio", but with blue letters V&F on white.
Same company - later version from Loughran (1979): White with a red St. George's cross; in the canton the old company flag.
Jarig Bakker, 14 July 2004