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House Flags of U.S. Shipping Companies: Y, Z

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Yates-Porterfield Line

[Zapata Gulf Marine Corp.] image by Fred Smith, 18 January 2011

The flag of Yates-Porterfield who did shipping in the mid to late 1800s is shown on the ship in the attached photo. It was a red flag with 2 white circles one with a Y and the other with a P. They operated out of NYC and did a lot of shipping to Liberia. The owners were Joseph W. Yates and Capt Robert Porterfield.
Fred Smith, 18 January 2011


Zapata Gulf Marine Corp.

[Zapata Gulf Marine Corp.] image by Jarig Bakker

Zapata Gulf Marine Corp., Houston, TX. - white burgee; red outlined compass-rose; "Z"-shaped blue block.
Source: Loughran (1995)
Jarig Bakker, 22 October 2005


A. Zarega & Co.

[A. Zarega & Co.] image by Joe McMillan

A. Zarega & Co., New York (1840s-50s) <us~zareg.gif>(Source: PSMNY)
Zarega & Co. ran several lines in the late 1840s and early 1850s, both trans-Atlantic and coastwise. Its ships are easily recognizable by their cryptic names, like A.Z. and I.Z. The Red Z Line, whose flag was a blue-white-red vertical tricolor with a red Z on the center, operated immigrant ships from Glasgow to New York from 1848 until the late 1850s. Another line, called simply the Z Line, operated immigrant ships from Antwerp to New York, 1847-1851. The company's Regular Line ran between New York and New Orleans.

Joe McMillan, 4 December 2001