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House flag, Bristol City Line of Steamships Ltd


Object connections:

Collection Textiles, Flags, House flag
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleDepiction: Bristol City Line
Provenance: Pope, Charles Meredyth
Depiction: Charles Hill & Sons

Object details:

Object ID AAA0165
Description The house flag of Bristol City Line of Steamships Ltd, Bristol. A swallow-tailed white burgee with a five-pointed blue star in the centre. 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. Bristol City Line was part of a company with shipping, shipbuilding and ship repairing interests that started in the 18th century. The founder Charles Hill, took over the Hilhouse business from his partner, George Hilhouse in 1845 and changed the name to Messrs. Charles Hill & Sons. The Bristol City Line, began in 1879, running steamships to New York in competition with the Great Western Steamship Line. In contrast to its rival, the Bristol City Line carried cargo rather than passengers and was based in Bristol docks rather than at Avonmouth. Following the closure of the floating harbour at Bristol by Bristol City Council in 1980, shipbuilding ended in Albion Dock and Charles Hill of Bristol PLC was taken over in 1981.
Date made circa 1951

Artist/Maker Unknown
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.
Materials wool blend; synthetic blend; cotton; machine sewn
Measurements flag: 1371.6 x 1828.8 mm
  • House flag, Bristol City Line of Steamships Ltd (AAA0165)
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