Kudos to Brian: see his comment to the left on the “lassoing polar bears” and Ernestina connection. See another New York connection with Ernestina here.

The first scheduled trans-Atlantic packet service ran between New York and Liverpool 190 years ago, the Black Ball Line, marked by its flag: a black ball on a red field. I suppose the flag served as marketing at the dock. Here’s a twist on this even more conspicuous than a stack insignia. Can you guess the line for each of these vessels?

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MOL Explorer runs for . . . MOL.

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Energy Pride?

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Al-Ihsa’a?

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Minerva Xanthe?

I don’t imagine they did hull painting –black ball on red field–back in 1817.

By the way, all fotos here by Will Van Dorp in October 2007.

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