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House flag, Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij
The House flag of the Nederlandsch-Amerikaansche Stoomvaart Maatschappij, Rotterdam. A green, white and green triband, with the letters 'N A S M' in black on the central white stripe. The flag is made of a wool and synthetic fibre bunting. It has a cotton hoist and is machine sewn. The letters are printed. A rope and clip is attached. This design was in use from 1873 to 1971.
Founded in 1873 to operate a service between Rotterdam and New York (from 1882 to the end of the century, the passenger service also ran from Amsterdam). The company soon established itself as a carrier of emigrants from Europe to the United States. In 1902 the American International Mercantile Marine Company acquired a majority of company shares but in practice Holland America was allowed to go its own way and in 1916 the Dutch bought out IMMC.
- Image reference: F2592
- 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.