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All sources up to WW2 are consistent in showing black letters on the
flag though they differ on the width of the green band apart from its being
broad, Harnack showing it widest. Wij Varen Weer in 1946 shows green letters
as do subsequent sources (I disregard Harnack 1959 as I doubt if he bothered
to do much, if any, updating and his 1949 edition, which also shows black
letters, was a compete exact replica section of his pre WW2 books, the
detail being reasonable but of no use in trying to determine the timing
of changes) with Stewart 1963 varying by having the diamond wholly throughout
a very broad band. And then a couple of the Dutch sources show the flag
with equal bands, including Wyt's Digest, the annual publication on Dutch
shipbuilding which I have a feeling is the origin of such portrayals.
Neal Rosanoski, 6 Dec 2003
From the comments I gather that the flag with equal stripes and green
letters was introduced soon after WWII.
Jan Mertens, 21 Jul 2008
I see you have a problem nailing down a date for the markings on the
NV Halcyon Lijn Flag. I have dived the SS Stad Alkmaar - built 1940 and
sunk by German U-Boat on 07-09-1940 in the North Sea off Lowestoft, whilst
en route from Santa Cruz to London. She was owned by Halcyon Lijn NV at
time of loss.
I recovered a soup bowl and tureen from the wreck. As you can see by the markings on these two items the HL was already in Green in 1940 and the markings on the plate show that the plates where supplied by Bert Muller, Amsterdam. It also shows "Vera 1939".
Dieter Schuller, 29 Jun 2010
Another version of the flag of N.V. Halcyon Lijn, Rotterdam (as found
on Josef Nüsse's site,
houseflagsite and in: All about Ships and Shipping, 1959) - three horizontal
stripes of white and green, proportioned (approximately) 1:4:1; in the
center a white diamond charged with HL in black.
Jarig Bakker, 22 Oct 2003