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Where can I find info about emblems used by shipping companies in the 1800s? I found a copper plaque with a square emblem in the middel and

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A very difficult question to answer. There were many emblems and plaques used on any ship. There was the builders plaque, ship owners plaque, boiler plaque, machinery plaques, compass & telegraph plaques, ships were bought and sold and names changed. Shipping companies went out of business or were taken over by other shipping companies. As you can imagine even a refit meant many changes. If possible I would try and find the name of the ship and where it was built. That might give you a direction to search in. Good luck.

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