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House flag, Leith Hull & Hamburg Steam Packet Co. Ltd
The house flag of the Currie Line, London. A blue swallow-tailed burgee with red borders at the upper and lower edge. At the hoist end there is a white saltire above a white cross. 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 Leith Hull & Hamburg Steam Packet Co. Ltd, (J. Currie & Co Leith) used a similar flag with a red border all the way round -see 'Lloyds code of distinguishing flags of the steamship owners of the United Kingdom' 1882.
In 1862 James Currie came to work for the Leith, Hull & Hamburg Steam Packet Co. and was responsible for opening up a series of new trade routes. In 1866 James and his brother Donald formed Donald Currie & Co. - the first incarnation of the 'Currie line' Donald was responsible in 1900, for the amalgamation of the Union Line and his company the Castle Line into the Union-Castle line, two companies had formerly been in competition with each other on the route to South Africa.
- Image reference: F2588
- 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.