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[Mars Steamtugs] image by Jarig Bakker, 1 Mar 2006 See also:

Mars Steamtugs

This firm is mentioned briefly in "Duwvaart" by Jansen & Van Heck on p. 89 as one of several firms taken over by the well-known Smit International.
Stoomsleepdienst (Steam Towage Service) Mars flew a green – almost square - flag bearing a large white five-pointed star, shown in b/w in above book.
The company emblem appears on this book cover of "De sleepboten van NV Stoomsleepdienst Maas en Stoomsleepdienst Mars" by J. Toussaint. The blurb mentions that both firms were taken over by Smit in 1972.
The star also shows up on a funnel in some of these photos.
These examples indicate that Stoomsleepdienst Mars may indeed have used a square or squarish house flag, which is rather unusual..
Jan Mertens, 26 Feb 2006

Some sources seem to indicate the use of a square, or an almost square, flag but the Binnenvaart site shows a pennant and another Tugspotter photo shows a rectangular flag!
See the rectangular flag on this page, last photo (tug ‘Mars V’): and the pennant on Binnenvaart’s house flag page (42th row, third picture).
By the way, the green in these images is rather darker than the one at FOTW-ws.
Jan Mertens, 4 Sep 2006

Mars 2:3 flag

[Mars Steamtugs 2:3 flag] image by Jarig Bakker, 26 Aug 2008

Mars pennant

[Mars Steamtugs pennant] image by Jarig Bakker, 26 Aug 2008