House flag, Gem Line

The house flag of Gem Line (William Robertson, Glasgow). A white, rectangular flag with the top and bottom edges in dark blue. In the centre is a red 'R'. 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.

William Robertson Shipowners Ltd used the name Gem Line from the late 1950s, their ships being given the names of minerals or semi-precious stones. They were acquired by Stephenson Clarke Shipping Ltd in 1970 and integrated with their fleet in 1978 though the ships retained their 'gem' names.

Object Details

ID: AAA0235
Collection: Textiles; Flags
Type: House flag
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Unknown
Date made: 1955-1967; 1955-67
People: Gem Line; Pope, Charles Meredyth William Robertson Shipowners Limited
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, Pope Collection. We regret that Museum enquiries have not been able to identify the copyright owner of the flag's emblem and would welcome any information that would help us update our records. Please contact the Picture Library.
Measurements: flag: 914.4 x 1219.2 mm

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