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Although the company has been around a long time and the two flags shown
by sundry sources beginning with Lloyds 1904 through to Stewart 1963, none
of them have shown both versions or given any indication that there was
another apart from the one they showed. The first version shown here appears
in Brown 1926 through to Stewart 1963, the second one from Lloyds 1904
through to Wyt's Digest of 1960 ands just to confuse things a bit more
the Liverpool Journal of Commerce chart of 1909 shows the band as a diagonal
bend. The answer may lie in the services operated. The Batavier Line was
a cargo/passenger service operated between Rotterdam and London until 1958
and they also had smaller cargo ships trading between Rotterdam, Europe
& U.K. In the mid 1960s they shown as by Lloyds as Wm. H.Müller
& Co. (Batavier) N.V. There seems to have been another company associated,
Wm. H. Müller & Co.'s Transport Maatschappij N.V. which was involved
It is shown as based The Hague but Wyt's Digest associates it with the triband flag. None of these companies appear in Lloyds by 1973 but I note in 2000 that the London branch of Wm. H. Müller & Co. (U.K.) Ltd. was acting as owners representatives for the India Steamship Co. Ltd. so the Netherlands company may also still be in business.
I wonder whether there is confusion here with the towage company of the "Muller" name as the only one I can trace is Willem Muller Nederland B.V., operating out of Terneuzen, having changed name 1990 from Willem Muller Zeesleepdienst B.V., and which appears to have been taken over by Wijsmuller and then coming under the Dockwise N.V. group. This company has a blue flag with thick yellow "M" which can be seen on Josef Nüsse's site.
Neale Rosanoski, 7 Nov 2003
After image sent by Neale Rosanoski, 7 Nov 2003.
The original founder was named William H. Müller from Germany; his wife left a very valuable souvenir in the Lage Vuursche: the Kröller-Müller Museum, a must for any Van Gogh adept.
Jarig Bakker, 10 Nov 2003
N.V. Wm. H. Müller & Co., Rotterdam (one of the most important
towing companies in the world)
Houseflag: White with broad Red horizontal stripe, charged with White letters WMHM&Co (first M in uppercase, the o small)
Source: Flagchart of houseflags of Dutch shipping companies, attached to the magazine "De Blauwe Wimpel", April 1956.
Jarig Bakker, 15 Oct 2003