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Deutsche Reedereiflaggen (p)

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H. Parchmann & Co Reederei

[H. Parchmann & Co Reederei] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Apr 2007

H. Parchmann & Co Reederei
The company was located in Bremen. It is a white flag, in the middle divided by a thin, blue horizontal line, superimposed by the logo, a blue, underlined “P” in a white field.
Source: "Flaggen, Schornsteine, Reedereien- Flaggen und Schornsteine der deutschen Reedereien und ihre Schiffe über 300 BRT"; Hamburg 1957; p.F20.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Apr 2007


Pearson & Langnese

[Pearson & Langnese] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, Pearson & Langnese

There is no direct evidence in Hamburg shipowners register. The only entries are R.J. Pearson (1853 - 1859) and H. Langnese (widow) (1852 - 1861). It is a red flag with a white 5-point star in the centre. The star contains a red signal tower.
Source: Otto Mathies: "Hamburgs Reederei 1814 - 1914", Hamburg 1924, p.50
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 Jul 2012

Wilson Line - Pearson & Langnese

[Wilson Line] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Apr 2012

The company was Hull based. She had a white pennant with a red disc shifted to the hoist.
Source: Gratis Beilage zu Deicken und Behrmann's Neuen Monatsheften Neue Ausgabe Sommer 1897
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Apr 2012


Julius Penns

[Julius Penns] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Apr 2009

The company was located in Burg (Dithmarschen county). It is a celestial blue flag with a white lozenge, containing a black capital "P" in the centre. The lozenge is touching the edges.
Source: "Flaggen, Schornsteine, Reedereien- Flaggen und Schornsteine der deutschen Reedereien und ihre Schiffe über 300 BRT"; Hamburg 1957; p.F21
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Apr 2009


H.J. Perlbach & Co.

[H.J. Perlbach & Co.] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Jun 2012

It is a red flag with a white disc slightly shifted to the hoist.
Source: Gratis Beilage zu Deicken und Behrmann's Neuen Monatsheften Neue Ausgabe Sommer 1897
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Jun 2012


Kapitän R. Peschkau

[Kapitän R.Peschkau] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Apr 2007

Kapitän R.Peschkau - The company used a black over white over red horizontal tricolour. In its centre was a white oval with a black logo consisting of the black capitals "R" and "P".
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; inside cover.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Apr 2007


H. Peters

[H. Peters] image by Jorge Candeias, 5 Jan 2005

This flag is a triband of white-blue-ehite with large white initials HP in the center of the blue area. The only thing that is unclear is the proportions of the white stripes. It seems to me that the top white stripe is about half the size of the bottom one, but I may be wrong. In any case, the middle stripe is a lot larger than the other two. The caption is perfectly clear: H. Peters.
Jorge Candeias, 5 Jan 2005

H. Peters Reederei, Hamburg. Wolters' "See und Seefahrt", 1968, has the top stripe twice as wide as the bottom one, equalling out your observation. HP in that book is serifed.
Jarig Bakker, 5 Jan 2005


Karl Peters & Co

[Karl Peters & Co] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2009

Karl Peters & Co Reederei mbH
The company was located in Hamburg. The flag is divided by saltire into white and black. In the centre is a red disc, fimbriated black, with a white capital “P”.
Source: "Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen"; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.32
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2009


Werner Peters

[Werner Peters] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Apr 2009

Werner Peters
The company was located in Hamburg. It is a blue over yellow over blue horizontal triband. In the centre is a yellow diamond, fimbriated red, containing a red capital “P”.
Source: "Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen"; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.32.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Apr 2009


Gebr. Petersen

[Gebr. Petersen]
image by Jorge Candeias, 6 May 2004
[Gebr. Petersen #2]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2012
 
 

The flag is blue with a white roundel in the center (apparently outlined by a black border, but this is disputable) charged with the initials of the company: G.P. (apparently coloured red). The caption reads  "Gebr. Petersen" (Petersen brothers). The company was located in Flensburg.
Jorge Candeias, 6 May 2004

Description of variant:
In this variant the initials "K & P" in the disc were black.
Source: Lloyds 1912 ; p.81 , flag no.934
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2012


H.A. Petersen

[H.A. Petersen] image by Jorge Candeias, 15 Dec 2004

The flag is red with a broad white diagonal from the upper hoist to the lower fly and the initials "H.A.P." in the diagonal in black seriffed capitals. Unless I'm very mistaken, the caption reads H. A. Petersen.
Jorge Candeias, 15 Dec 2004

Yup, that's H.A. Petersen, Flensburg.
Jarig Bakker, 15 Dec 2004


Peterson & Söhne

[Peterson & Söhne] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Jul 2012

The white flag has a horizontal blue stripe at top- and bottom edge. In the centre is a blue shield with a yellow bordure containing a white initial "P".
Source: Verband Deutscher Reeder homepage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Jul 2012


Peute Reederei

[Peute Reederei] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 May 2009

Peute Reederei - The company is located in Hamburg and, according to Josef Nüsse, today belongs to Polish Odratrans group. The Peute is a peninsula in Hamburg’s backyard harbour area in the southeast of the city.
It is a white pennant divided by horizontal red over blue stripes, which are superimposed by black handwriting “P” and, slightly lower “R”.
Source: I spotted this flag at Billwerder Bucht/Hamburg on 30 April 2007.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 May 2009


J.C. Pflüger & Co.

[J.C. Pflüger &  Co.] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2012

The company was located in Bremen
Description of flag:
It was a red over white over red horizontal triband with ratio approx 1:3:1. In the centre of the white stripe was a red cross patty.
Source: Lloyds F&F 1912; p.135 , flag no.2096
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2012


J.C. Pflugk

[J.C. Pflugk #1]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Apr 2007
[J.C. Pflugk #2]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2012
 
 

J.C. Pflugk - The company used a 7-stripes flag with light green (FIAV-code V-) and white alternating horizontal stripes beginning with a green one. In the center was superimposed a white lozenge with thin red edges and a black serifed capital "P" in the middle.
Source: Jürgen Meyer: ""Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945""; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; inside cover.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Apr 2007

J.C.Pflugk variant
It is a ten stripes flag divided by alternating white and green stripes. In the centre is a red diamond containing a white capital "P".
Source: [el1897]
Klaus-Michael Schneider,14 Apr 2012


H. Podeus

[H. Podeus]
image by Jorge Candeias, 18 Jan 2005
[H. Podeus bold letters]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Sep 2008
 
 

The flag, I mean: it very much seems to contain two different shades of red. If that is the case, then it's a red flag surrounded by a dark red border, in turn surrounded by another, white, border. In the red, apparently shifted to the hoist, the two initials of the company, in white: HP. The caption is also clearer than usual and, unless I'm very mistaken, reads H. Podeus.
Jorge Candeias, 31 Dec 2004

The photo causes some strange effects I suppose, see No. 1775 in the on-line 1912 Lloyds Flags & Funnels, aka 'H. Podeus, Wismar'. Surrounding the red, central rectangle there are no less than three borders. The initials are nicely centred in this picture.
This is a page (in German) presenting this firm, which was also active in automobile and (train) car manufacturing. Years of activity 1858-1932. 'H' stands for Heinrich (1832-1905), more about this entrepeneur here.
Jan Mertens, 1 Jan 2005

Hans Podeus, located in Wismar
It is a white flag with a cotised red rectangle in its centre. Upon the red field are white capitals “H P”.
Source: [llo12] p.121, image no.1775
Note: My image is taken from a “Kapitänsbild”(lit.: captain’s picture), painted 1910 bei J.H.MOHRMANN, in Wismar’s local museum, the Schabellhaus. It is an image, showing the vessel M.S. FRANZISKA PODEUS from a ship cruising a parallel course. The vessel has, different from Lloyds 1912 a black funnel with a ring showing the four white and red stripes of the city of Wismar before 1700. Upon the ring is a black inscription connecting the “H” and the “P”. The basic colour of funnel in Lloyds 1912 is however white. At the beginning of steamship navigation for security reasons two additional masts had been requested until 1898. The houseflag is hoisted on the mizzenmast. An unknown flag, maybe a imperial German pilot flag is hoisted on the foremast. The houseflag is more or less the same like that one in Lloyds 1912 .
The vessel was sold to F.W.Fischer in Rostock in 1910. Hans PODEUS established the first steamship navigation company in Wismar in 1883.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Sep 2008


Pohl Schiffahrtsgesellschaft

[Pohl Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (Shipping Company, Germany)] image by Jorge Candeias

Pohl Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG - Cycling towards the Danish-German border, I saw a ship on the Kiel canal; its house flag was a blue swallowtail with yellow top and bottom borders and centered 'P + C' in yellow.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 Aug 2001


Poljo Reederei Pohl & Jozwiak

[Poljo Reederei Pohl & Jozwiak]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Apr 2009
[Poljo Reederei Pohl & Jozwiak #2 ]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, based upon an image located by Neale Rosanoski, 12 Feb 2011
 
 

Poljo Reederei Pohl & Jozwiak
The company was located in Hamburg. It is a white flag with a red lozenge, cotized yellow and red, in its centre. White capitals “P” and “R” are in the lozenge.
Source: Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen”; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.32.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Apr 2009

The scan for this image has mislead. I enclose another image from the same source which shows that there is no yellow involved and the letters should be erect not angled, a display problem with all the flag images in these editions.The simple erect version is shown by US Navy 1961.
Pohl & Jozwiak originated in 1900 as boat builders. From 1952 to 1962 they were also ship owners through Poljo Reederei. The sons [?] of the founders died in 1974 and 1979 with Ernst Wernicke becoming sole owner. There were liquidity problems in 1988 which saw the company under administration limping on until another bankruptcy petition in 1995 seems to have ended affairs.
Neale Rosanoski, 12 Feb 2011


Reederei Poschke

[Reederei Poschke] image by Eugene Ipavec, 14 Jan 2010

Fahrgastschifffahrt Poschke GmbH is a German tourist shipping company, a family business - established at Born on the Baltic, to the N.W. of Stralsund, where the scenic bays, islands, and inland waterways provide a perfect setting. For further information click here.
Founded in 1990, Poschke operates four vessels one of which, RIVER STAR, is a Mississippi inspired, Polish built paddle-wheeler flying the CSA naval jack! For a view of the fleet, see "Schiffe" (i.e. ships), left menu: these may be chartered; meals and settings for marriage ceremonies are offered; in fact the fleet is active the whole year round.
Shown on some ship's photos and as a drawing, Poschke's house flag is blue bearing a white upright anchor surmounted by white initials "RP"¯ and a white eight-pointed star in each corner. See also the two video (left menu), esp. the second one (01:37-01:41) for shots of the flag waving: here
(An earlier flag seems to have been in use, so stay tuned please.)
Jan Mertens, 11 Jan 2010


F. Poschke

[F. Poschke] image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 Jul 2010

Tentatively: white field, two black triangles placed on the vertical edges, and in the centre a black and white logo consisting of stylized initials "FP" above a mainly black wave. "F" then probably stands for "Fahrgastschiffahrt" (i.e. tourist shipping) and does not represent the owner's Christian name (which would be Andreas, in fact).
Sources: Zingster Strandbote showing vessel 'STÖRTEBEKER'
Jan Mertens, 12 Jan 2010


L. Possehl & Co.

[L. Possehl 1912]
image by Ivan Sache, 24 Apr 2008
[L. Possehl & Co 1897]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 Apr 2012
 
 

Flag reported 1912

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of "L. Possehl & Co." (#301, p. 51), a company based in Lübeck, as white with a  black  "P" inscribed in a white lozenge bordered in red (left image).

The company was founded by Ludwig Possehl on 1 May 1847 for the local  trade of coal and iron. In 1873, Ludwig Possehl was succeeded  by his elder son Emil, while the company became the leader of trade in Lübeck. Before the First World War, Possehl, Senator of Lübeck, was the main importer of Swedish ore to Germany and the company, also involved in steelworks, quarries and mines, managed its own fleet.The company still exists as a production, trading and services company.
Source: company website.
Ivan Sache, 24 Apr 2008

Flag reported 1897

It is a blue flag containing a white inscription "LP & C".
Source: Gratis Beilage zu Deicken und Behrmann's Neuen Monatsheften Neue Ausgabe Sommer 1897
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 Apr 2012


Reederei Manfred Preukschat KG

[Reederei M. Preukschat] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Apr 2009

The company was located in Kiel. It is a white flag divided by a thin, red saltire. In the centre a white lozenge, fimbriated red and containing a black, serifed capital "P", is superimposed.
Source: "Flaggen, Schornsteine, Reedereien- Flaggen und Schornsteine der deutschen Reedereien und ihre Schiffe über 300 BRT"; Hamburg 1957; p.F22
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Apr 2009


KG Projex Schiffahrtsgesellschaft

[KG Projex Schiffahrtsgesellschaft] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider,

The company is located in Hamburg. It is a dark blue flag. A white inscription "PX" stands between two celestial blue wavy lines.
Source: Verband Deutscher Reeder homepage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Jul 2012


Pure Oil Co. (Hamburg)

Flag #1

[Pure Oil Co. (Hamburg)] image by Jorge Candeias, 17 Jan 2005

There must have been a change in name. See No. 1691 of the on-line 1912 Lloyds Flags & Funnels, i.e. 'Pure Oil Co.,G.m.b.H., Hamburg', the abbreviation indicating a limited liability company (UK usage). Initials 'P.O.C.' Interestingly, there's another symbol on the funnel but I can't place it.
Jan Mertens, 27 Dec 2004

This was the moment to sign off... but a quick peek revealed an FOTW contribution by Joe McMillan:
"Pure Oil Company, Chicago (1895-?)
The Pure Oil Company was originally established in Pennsylvania but later moved its headquarters to Chicago. Its main marketing area was in the Midwest and its tanker operations therefore were predominantly on the Great Lakes and the Midwestern rivers. I have found two flags:
- The first image (Source: www.steamship.net (no longer available)) is divided per saltire, red and white, with a blue rectangle on the center bearing the white initials POC (...)"
Jorge Candeias, 17 Jan 2005

Flag #2

[Pure Oil Co.#2 (Pennsylvania Trading Co. AG)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 Jul 2012

Pure Oil Company (Pennsylvania Trading Co. AG)
The iniatials in the centre are not dotted. The field at the flyend is also blue
Source: Otto Mathies: "Hamburgs Reederei 1814 - 1914", Hamburg 1924, p.201
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 Jul 2012