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Westpolder Shipping (The Netherlands)

N.V. Stoomvaart Maatschappij "Westpolder", Rotterdam

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Westpolder SM image by Jarig Bakker, 2 February 2001 See also:


Houseflag of N.V. Stoomvaart Maatschappij "Westpolder", Rotterdam.
Image from Flagchart of houseflags of Dutch shipping companies, attached to the magazine "De Blauwe Wimpel", April 1956. Same flag and funnel used by Cornelders Scheepvaart Maatschappij.
Jarig Bakker, 1 Feb 2001

N.V. Stoomvaart Maatschappij "Westpolder". Sources vary with the colour of the letter. Talbot-Booth 1942 and 1944 gives it as green for describing the design appearing as a panel on the funnel, not showing the actual flag but normally they would be identical. Later ABC Foreign Coastal Freighters for the funnel panel gives a black "W" and this is supported for both panel and actual flag by Wyt's Digest of 1960. Presumably this adds up to it being a very dark shade, whichever the colour.
Neale Rosanoski, 25 Sep 2003

Cornelders Shipping Co

[Cornelders Shipping Co houseflag] by Jarig Bakker, 17 Sep 2007

Cornelder's Scheepvaart Maatschappij N.V., Rotterdam, (1917-1967) was the manager of:
- N.V. Algemeene Nederlandsche Scheepvaart Maatschappij 1917-1922
- N.V. Cornelder's Scheepvaart Bedrijf 1922-1929
- N.V. Stoomvaart Maatschappij "Westpolder" 1929-1967
- N.V. Motorvrachtschip "Magna Pete" 1948-1958

- Cornelder Lijn: Rotterdam-Londen v.v.
- Constantine Lijn: Rotterdam/Antwerpen-Oporto/Lissabon
See this webpage.

The flagchart in Wyt's Digest, 1966, shows for Cornelder's a green flag with a white diamond (touching the edges), a black "W". This flag is nearly identical to the one FOTW shows for "Westpolder", and identical to the one Neal Rosanoski describes.

Though the company lasted till 1967 the Cornelders are still quite active in Rotterdam in the Royal Burgers Group, where they acquired 65 % of the stocks, as well as in Asia and Africa (Beira, Quelimane). I found a logo, but no flag as yet of the new company.
Jarig Bakker, 17 Sep 2007