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Fargo Shipping Corp.

[Fargo Shipping Corp.]  by Joe McMillan

Fargo Shipping Corp., New York
Red with a white "F."
Source: Styring (1971)

Joe McMillan, 8 October 2001

S. C. Farnham & Co.

[S. C. Farnham & Co.]  by Joe McMillan

S. C. Farnham & Co.
Blue with a white disk.
Source: Flaggenbuch (1905)

Joe McMillan, 8 October 2001

Farrell Lines

[Farrell Lines]  by Joe McMillan

Farrell Lines is a privately held steamship corporation controlled by the Farrell family, which owns, charters and operates vessels of the United States registry in the ocean borne foreign commerce of the United States.

Formed in 1925, the company, then known as American South African Line, began serving South Africa from Eastern U.S. ports in January of 1926, and continued to operate in that trade until August of 1980. In 1947, upon the commencement of regularly scheduled liner service to West Africa from the U.S. east coast, the name of the company was changed to Farrell Lines Incorporated. Farrell Lines expanded its trade range to Australia-New Zealand from the U.S. east Coast in 1965 and from the U.S. west coast in 1975. These two services were terminated in 1983 and 1982, respectively.

In March of 1978, Farrell Lines purchased American Export Lines, which was then serving the Far East, South Asia, North Europe and the Mediterranean from U.S. North Atlantic ports.

Farrell Lines currently operates five fully containerized vessels in the U.S./Mediterranean trade. These include three new E-Class vessels acquired by the Company in November and December 1997. Farrell's share of the commercial market in the Mediterranean trade is substantial.


Phil Nelson, 27 August 2001

Farrell Lines (1922-2000), New York
Farrell Lines was founded as the American-South African Line by James Farrell and was the leading US-flag company serving Africa. It expanded into US-Australia routes in the 1970s. It briefly became the second largest US merchant line by buying American Export Line's equipment when AEL went bankrupt in 1978, but went heavily into debt doing so. Farrell was forced to retrench throughout 1980s and 1990s. By 1991, the entire line consisted of only four ships serving the Mediterranean and Persian Gulf and the remaining operation was sold to the mega-line P&O Nedlloyd in 2000. The Farrell flag, one of the more distinctive designs, was a white saltire dividing the field into alternate red and blue quarters.
(Sources: National Geographic (1934), Stewart (1953), US Navy's 1961 H.O. and (no longer on line the last time I checked)

Joe McMillan, 12 October 2001

Foreign Tankship Corp.

[Foreign Tankship Corp.]  by Joe McMillan

Foreign Tankship Corp., San Francisco
Another in the boring series of letters-on-bedsheets, this time a white FT on blue. I seem to recall that this may have been a Panamanian-flag subsidiary of one of the Standard Oil companies, possibly Standard of California given the San Francisco home-port.
Source: Wedge (1951)

Joe McMillan, 12 October 2001

A. Foster & Sons Rio de Janeiro Line

[A. Foster & Sons Rio de Janeiro Line]  by Joe McMillan

A. Foster & Sons Rio de Janeiro Line, New York
Not a terribly interesting flag, red with a white 1, but a company of historic interest as an early (circa 1850) line serving New York and Rio.
Source:  chart of "Private Signals of the Merchants of New York"

Joe McMillan, 12 October 2001

Joseph Foulke & Sons

[Joseph Foulke & Sons]  by Joe McMillan

Joseph Foulke & Sons, New York
A nice design of five alternating blue and white stripes.
Source:  chart of "Private Signals of the Merchants of New York"

Joe McMillan, 12 October 2001

Fox & Livingston Union Line

[Fox & Livingston Union Line]  by Joe McMillan

Fox & Livingston Union Line (1820s-1862/63), New York
One of first regular services between New York and Le Havre; originally called the Havre Line, then the "Old" Havre Line and finally the Union Line after it was merged with other services to Le Havre in 1845. After that point, it flew a blue U on a white field.
Source:  chart of "Private Signals of the Merchants of New York"

Joe McMillan, 12 October 2001

Funch & Meinke

[Funch & Meinke]  by Joe McMillan

Funch & Meinke, New York
A white swallowtail with a red cross bearing the initials of the firm in yellow.
Source: Painting of a ship in "The Clipper Ships"

Joe McMillan, 12 October 2001