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A.M. Luther


image by Jarig Bakker, 10 February 2005

A.M. Luther, Reval - horizontal white over blue; in the center red "AML". Reval is the old German name of Tallinn.
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26].
Jarig Bakker, 10 February 2005


Estonian Shipping Co.

The Estonian Shipping Co. (AS Eesti Merelaevandus - <www.eml.ee>) is based at Tallinn and calls itself "the oldest ship-owning company in Estonia". From the introduction we learn that ESCO "focuses on shipowning and management of container/multipurpose and ro-ro vessels, providing full commercial ship- and operational management including financial- and accounting services."
Apparently founded – in a different form – around 1950, the firm operated ferries, bulk carriers, trampers, and shipping lines to Scandinavia and West Africa.  By 1999, ESCO had become fully privatized and is owned by the Tschudi, a Norwegian shipping company. The fleet currently consists of eight ships, four of which are managed by ESCO itself and the others by Teco Lines which is now fully owned by Tschudi. The simply designed house flag – seen on a photo on all pages – is blue with the name ‘ESCO’ in white, and in a font as shown next to the flag.
Jan Mertens, 10 December 2006


Euro-Baltic Shipping Services Ltd


image by Jarig Bakker, 4 November 2003

Euro-Baltic Shipping Services Ltd. was established on 8th of August 1994. Website: <www.ebss.ee>.
Dov Gutterman, 4 November 2003

The company website shows an actual flag flying from a yardarm which has a flag upon the flag i.e. the logo of the green flag as shown by Jarig flapping from a pole appears above the blue legend "EURO-BALTIC" with below this the smaller green legend "SHIPPING SERVICES" all being on a white flag with proportions 1:2
Neale Rosanoski, 20 February 2005


F. Wirro


image by Jarig Bakker, 10 February 2005

F. Wirro, Reval - horizontal white-blue-white, proportioned 1:2:1; in center white "W". Reval is the old German name of Tallinn.
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26].
Jarig Bakker, 10 February 2005


Grönkvist Shipping Estonia O‹


image by JJan Mertens, 17 May 2011

Grönkvist Shipping Estonia O‹ is an Estonian maritime company established at Tallinn, maintaining a modest website.
Services offered are port agency, freighting, chartering, and trading. From the ĎHistoryí section (upper menu) we learn that this family owned business, founded in 1999, operates six ships transporting mainly building materials, timber, and agricultural produce.
The house flag or flagoid shown on above site is blue bearing a white diamond touching the flagís edges; in the diamond appears a blue serifed initial "G".
Jan Mertens, 17 May 2011


Lister Shipping Estonia

Let us have a look at the homepage of Tallinn-based Lister Shipping Estonia, Ltd (English version): <www.lister-shipping.com>.
We learn that the firm was founded in 2003 by E.H. Lasson and named after a region in Norway. Lister Shipping charters and operates ships, is an agent, and deals in ships and/or containers as well. Cargoes are traditional, but special loads (project) are taken on occasionally.
Seen waving on the site, the house flag is white bearing a narrow red saltire and a white oval in the centre, thinly outlined in black, with a black initial ‘L’.
The Google cache image of the flag is above – surely the thick blue outline is without meaning – a large ‘L’, stylized this time. The letter is blue, but for the moment we should stick to the site, I feel, which has it black.
Jan Mertens, 9 December 2006


Surecruit


image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 20 March 2009 

Surecruit office in Estonia (There is also one in Riga, Latvia) is located in Tallinn, Estonia. A member of the German Schulte Group of companies, it was founded in 1998 as a recruiting and shipping office. From <www.surecruit-tallinn.com>: “not only does the SURECRUIT network cover all states around the Baltic and the Black Sea, our seafarers can call at any regional group office and be employed under the same terms and conditions of employment.”  
Also shown is a Schulte house flag variant – a flagoid – and this time its field is green (admittedly less intense than the one shown for Schulte) with a red disk bearing a white initial ‘S’, the differencing element being a blue ring around the disk. 
Jan Mertens, 10 February 2008


Tallinn Shipping Co.


image by Jarig Bakker, 10 February 2005

Reval S. Co., Ld., Reval - horizontal triband blue-black-white; on black "T.L.U." in yellow. Reval is the old German name of Tallinn.
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26].
Jarig Bakker, 10 February 2005

Some additional information, gleaned from the Boone Scripophily website: "Share of Kr.50. blue, yellow, black. No 580. A pretty vignette of shipping, both a coastal steamer and large sailing-ships. The company's flag is based on the flag of Estonia. Border of a chain."   Date of issue was 31 December 1929.
On the share, the company name is spelled out Tallinna Laewa- ‹hisus (Tallinn Shipping Co.) and perhaps 1911, printed immediately under that name, was the year of foundation. 
Jan Mertens, 6 September 2006