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House flag, Donaldson Line Ltd
The House flag of Donaldson Line Ltd, Glasgow. A red, white and blue tricolour with a black 'D' on a central white stripe. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist and is machine sewn. A rope and toggle is attached.
The company was acquired by the Ulster Steam Ship Co. in 1967 and after that date their ships flew the Donaldson flag below their own. The remaining Donaldson vessel, 'Santona', flew the Donaldson flag above the Ulster Steam Ship Company one and retained the Donaldson funnel.
The company was founded by William Falconer Donaldson (1830-1890) and John Donaldson (1833-1889). Initially trading as shipbrokers, charterers and insurance agents, they bought their first vessel in 1858 and operated a route between Glasgow and the River Plate. In the 1870's they began sailings to Canada in the summer and South America in the winter. In the 1880's they started the carriage of live cattle on the North Atlantic and in 1905 entered the Canadian passenger trade.
- Image reference: F2656
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Pope Collection. We regret that Museum enquiries have not been able to identify the owner of the flag's emblem and would welcome any information that would help us update our records.