The ships of the Merchant Marine could fly first time such a flag which had the three colours, after 1st August 1869. This was specified by the following decree:*

From the Royal Hungarian Minister of Agriculture, Industry and Commerce:

Proclamation about introduction of the new flag to be flown by the seagoing merchant ships of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy

(Dated: on 10th March 1869, Pest)

To effectuate the VI. Article of the XVI. Act of the Year of 1865/7 about the Custom and Commercial Union of the Countries of the Hungarian Crown and Kingdoms and Coun-tries represented in the Imperial Council, with approval of His Imperial and Apostolic Royal Majesty the following regulations are to be observed:

Hereafter the flag to be used exclusively by the seagoing merchant ships of the Austro-Hungarian Empire forms a long-shaped quadrangle, which has two equal panes. One of them, the pane nearer to the flagstaff, consists of three horizontal stripes with equal width, of which the middle is white, the upper and the lower ones are red.
The other, the outer pane, also consists of three horizontal stripes with equal width, of which the upper one is red, the middle one is white and the lower one is green. There is one and one Coat of Arms with yellow frame on the middle stripes of both panes, situated in equal distances from the edges, and in a twice such distance from each-other. The red field of the Coat of Arms nearer to the flagstaff, is halved by a white belt; in the right side red field of the vertically halved Coat of Arms, situated farther more from the flagstaff, there are four hori-zontal white belts; - and in its also red left side field shows up the double cross emerging from the golden crown situated above the triple hill.
There is a yellow crown above both Coat of Arms, an open coronet above the inner Coats of Arms, and the Hungarian Royal Szent István crown above the outer one.
The ratio of the width to the length is as the ratio of two to the three.
To the merchant ships is not permitted to show a special emblem in the flag, or use a warship like pennant.
The date determined to start use the new flag is 1st August 1869.

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PEST, 1869. HOFFMANN és MOLNÁR m. akad. könyvkereskedés bizománya

*Note: The text of the original Act is written in an archaic Hungarian language and the translator has tried to follow it with more-or-less success, so it is difficult to understand, but seeing the picture it will be a simple matter.

capt. Veperdi András

From the seamen's prayer:

The Lord is my Pilot, I shall not drift. He lighteth me across the dark waters.

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Erstwhile such ships were built at Budapest: M/S TATA

From the writings of our Members

The novels of
  István Székely

The memoirs of
  Capt. András Veperdi

Fiume and the Hungarian Merchant Marine

Mit is jelent ma Fiume (Rijeka) a magyarok számára. Legtöbben csak a mai, szláv nevét ismerik, és ha a nyaralásaik során arra járnak, fel sem merül bennük a gondolat, hogy valaha itt ringott a magyar tengerhajózás bölcsője.
A ma még élő magyar tengerészek némileg másként tekintenek Fiumére, hiszen itt látták meg először a tengert, illetve Sulinánál, amikor a "hazajáró" hajóikkal kifutottak a Fekete-tengerre. Az 1960-as évek közepétől viszont a nagyobb óceánjárók egy részét kivéve, nem akadt olyan hajónk, mely meg ne fordult volna a rijekai kikötőben. Érdemes tehát áttekinteni a város, a kikötő és egyben a magyar tengerhajózás fejlődését.

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The river-and-seagoing ship m/s "HAZÁM" discharges her cargo at city of Szeged. (MTI photo - 1965)