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House flags of French shipping companies: Companies now out of business - part 2

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Société Française de Transports Pétroliers

[SFTP]by Al Fisher Jr

Société Générale de Transports Maritimes à Vapeur

[SGTM]by Al Fisher Jr

The Société Générale des Transports Maritimes company, based in Marseilles, was directed in 1906 by Hubert Giraud (1865-1934), the son-in-law of Nicolas Paquet. In 1924, the company name was changed to Société Générale des Transports Maritimes à Vapeur. Vapeur means "steam". This semantic change was parallel to the major change in deep-sea transportation, i.e. from sailing ships to steamers.


  • Guiral, P., Reynaud, F. (eds.) Les Marseillais dans l'histoire. Privat, Toulouse (1988)
  • Baratier, E. (ed.) Documents de l'histoire de la Provence. Privat, Toulouse (1971)

Ivan Sache, 5 November 2000

Although the aforementioned sources appear to have given a name change in 1924 to Société Générale des Transports Maritimes à Vapeur this is the title given by Griffin 1895, Lloyds 1904 and 1912, Liverpool Journal of Commerce Sheet of 1909, and Reed 1912 and in fact this title is shown through until at least 1958 when Lloyds change to Société Générale des Transports Maritimes. The first two books show only two letters, "S" and "G" in blue on the respective white quarters changing to that portrayed by the 1909 Liverpool Journal of Commerce Sheet edition.

Neale Rosanoski, 25 December 2002

Chargeurs Réunis

[Chargeurs]by Ivan Sache

According to Lloyds it was formed 1886 as Compagnie Française de Navigation à Vapeur Chargeurs Réunis changing to Compagnie Maritime des Chargeurs Réunis and then in 1988 to Chargeurs S.A. disappearing by 2000. There are a couple of other variation in sundry books with most referring simply to Chargeurs Réunis.

The actual flag was changed apparently towards the end with the addition in the hoist of a red oblong placed vertically by Brown 1995 but slanting slightly per bend sinister.

Neale Rosanoski, 25 December 2002

Worms & Cie

[Worms]by Al Fisher Jr


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