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Bodewes (The Netherlands)

Shipbuilding, Millingen a/d Rijn.,

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[Bodewes (Millingen)] image by Jarig Bakker, 31 Oct 2006 See also:

Bodewes, Millingen

Bodewes is a famous name in Dutch shipbuilding but I have to careful here as there are several Bodewesses!  I mean the one based at Millingen a/d Rijn (on the Rhine, more specifically on the Dutch-German border), specialized in inland shipping.

This website presents a number of interesting, even beautiful flags of various kinds (flown or shown at a German inland vessel’s blessing), but for the moment I am only concerned with above firm.  Please click ‘Schiffstaufe’ at top of page: this leads to a page of clickable photos. The Bodewes (Millingen) house flag is the one with orange and white stripes in row 1 (5th pic) and row 4 (2nd pic and last three). It is horizontally divided orange above white, ‘BODEWES’ in black letters on upper stripe, ‘MILLINGEN’ in orange letters on lower stripe. No serifs.

Bodewes homepage (also linked to from Damen Shipyards at Gorinchem, to which group this particular Bodewes belongs): Building about five or six inland barges a year (fitting out hulls bought elsewhere), Bodewes delivers traditional bulk vessels as well as chemical tankers. Another area of activity is ship repairs of various kinds, servicing about two hundred units a year. Lengthening is also done.

No doubt you have seen the very stylized ship form used as a logo, but so far I have not encountered any flag or pennant using this. For the moment therefore we have to be content with the striped flag (on the other hand, the present ‘Aviso II’ was handed over not so long ago, in May 2005).
Jan Mertens, 20 Oct 2006


Bodewes pennant

[Bodewes pennant] image by Eugene Ipavec, 2 Apr 2009

The design of the Bodewes pennant is based on the rectangular flag with the names adapted (sloping) to the triangular format.
The photo is rather dark, so I’d better confirm the upper stripe and the lower word are orange not red - spotted the pennant myself at Antwerp at a shippers’ trade show last autumn.
Source: Dutch auction site ‘Marktplaats’, offer no. 176394696 (accessed 19 Jun 2008) put up by “Skipflag”, dimensions given as 0.30 [m] by 0.95 [m].
Jan Mertens, 15 Aug 2008