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House flag, Furness Withy & Co. Ltd
The house flag of Furness Withy & Co. Ltd, London. A pale blue swallow-tailed pennant. In the upper hoist is a white letter 'F' and the centre of the pennant bears a black disc with two red horizontal stripes of irregular width. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting with a linen hoist. It is machine sewn. A rope and toggle is attached.
The company was started by Thomas and Christopher Furness in West Hartlepool. They commenced shipowning in 1878. In 1883 Christopher Furness purchased an interest in the shipyard of Edward Withy and in 1884 bought the company outright. In 1885 Christopher Furness collaborated with Thomas Wilson to form the Wilson Furness line to operate services between Newcastle and New York. By 1891 the fleet contained 18 ships and Furness Withy & Co. was founded.
- Image reference: F2661
- 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.