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A.C. de Freitas & Co (German Shipping Company)

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[A.C.Freitas und Co.] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Mar 2007 See also:

A.C. Freitas und Co.

A.C.Freitas und Co. - At first it was a mere trading company established in 1835. There existed a shipping-company from 1837-1843. Between 1838 and 1840 Augusto Constantino de Freitas, the founder of the company owned already 5 ships. The family was of Portuguese stock and its ships were made for trading with Brazil. The company was shipowner again from 1853-1870 and from 1877 to 1911, when the family gave up the shipping business. The trading company exists still today. The company used a dark blue (FIAV-code B++) flag with a white diamond touching the edges with a blue serifed capital  "F".
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; p.34ff..
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Mar 2007

A.C. de Freitas & Co.

[A.D. de Freitas & Co.] image by Jorge Candeias, 7 Jan 2005

The flag is blue with a white lozenge touching the edges and a big seriffed F in the center, also blue. The caption is composed of an abbreviation A., followed by a word that starts with a C and looks like "Corimus" and finally "& Co." The initials are, thus, ACC. Where did the F come from?!
Jorge Candeias, 7 Jan 2005

It must be this one, A.C. de Freitas & Co. on this page - "A. C. de Freitas & Co. evolved out of a small trading enterprise and grew into a sizeable import/export business and one of Hamburg's most important private shipping companies by the end of the 19th century. The import/export business continued after the shipping business ceased when the last ships were sold in 1911." This site mentions 1835 as founding year. To complicate matters, it seems that ship ownership was divided among several family members, see here.
Jan Mertens, 8 Jan 2005