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House flag of Scotto Ambrosino Pugliese & Cie - Image by Ivan Sache, 11 March 2014
Scotto Ambrosino Pugliese & Cie (SAP; historical picutres) was founded in Oran in 1890 by three Italian immigrants, Michel Scotto, Antoine Ambrosino (1860-1948) and Sauveur Pugliese. Originally involved in coastal shipping, the company developed after the First World War scheduled lines between
France and Algeria, serving Oran, Mostaganem, Algiers (Algeria), Sète and Marseilles (France); less regular lines also served Morocco, Spain, Britain and the Atlantic coast of France. SAP was also the maritime agency for several French continental companies.
SAP operated its first MS, Tessala, in 1948. All subsequent ships were named for Algerian toponyms starting with "T" and ending with "A", except Regina Pacis (Tadgera, Tagouraya, Tamzoura, Tenira, Tolba, Touila). In the 1960s, the company owned 10 cargo ships, some of them used to transport Algerian wine.
After the independence of Algeria, SAP was repatriated to Marseilles, where it set up a partnership with Schiaffino, until liquidated in 1976.
During its 86 years of existence, SAP lost only five ships, SS Ville
d'Oran (blown up by a mine, 1916), SS Le Tell (beached, 1933), SS Oranaise (capsized, 1936), SS Tijditt (scuttled in the port of Oran, 9 November 1942), and SS Mascot (air-raided off Bejaia, 8 December 1942).
Ivan Sache, 11 March 2014
The house flag of the SAP, as shown in Merchant Marine Houseflags and Stack Insignia (US Navy Hydrographic Office, 1961), is white with a red anchor in the middle and a blue crescent in canton.
Ivan Sache & Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 March 2014