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Československa aktiova spolecnost Dunajska (Czechoslovak Danube Company)

[Československa aktiova spolecnost Dunajska] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 28 Jan 2009

A Czechoslovak firm and house flag unknown to me recently appeared on the Binnenvaart site: 'Československa aktiova spolecnost Dunajska' established at Bratislava, currently Slovakia: In all, four vessels - all tugs - are featured, e.g. 'Krivan' (drawing of house flag): Direct link to house flag, the yellow holding lines of which I am inclined to ignore: White field with large and wide yellow anchor accompanied by red initials "ČS" (left of anchor), "PD" (right of anchor), and red five-pointed star (above anchor).  At bottom, two narrow horizontal stripes, blue above red.
I have found virtually nothing about this firm - years of activity as mentioned on 'Binnenvaart' range between 1946 and 1992.  It may have existed before WWII though.  List members' help is asked in translating the name: "Czechoslovak Company Active on the Danube"?
Jan Mertens, 19 Jan 2009

"aktiova spolecnost" means simply "joint stock company" (Aktiengesellschaft in German) while "Dunajska" is adjective form of Danube, probably Dunajska was simple name by which it was widely known. I also suspect that the JSC may be a name from 1990's, while it was during the communist period named somewhat different (being probably a state owned company) and my very tentative guess is that it might have been something like "Československa plavba Dunajska" being very unsure about the second word.
BTW, note the Slovakian tricolour in the design! It seems somewhat unusual, as I was under impression that the Slovakian tricolour was usually avoided in the CSSR (but I may be wrong).
Željko Heimer, 20 Jan 2009


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