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Traditional and Former German Rowing Clubs

Deutsche Traditionsrudervereine und ehemalige Rudervereine

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[DRV-pennant 1901] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 Oct 2007
old pennant of the Deutscher Ruderverband (DRV, German Rowing Association) See also:

Introduction

The traditional rowing clubs, as they are called in RA04, had been denoted in RA77 as "rowing clubs, having formerly been located in Central- or Eastern Germany". Thereby it is understood that Central-Germany was the former DDR and Eastern Germany was the part, administrated after WWII by Poland and the Soviet Union and later ceded to those countries.

In RA77 there had been fifteen clubs, in RA04 their remained only two clubs, those were Ruder-Club "Germania" Königsberg in Hamburg, which had been dissolved in 2006, as far as I know, and Ruderklub "Vineta" Potsdam e.V., which still exists and had more than 60 members in 2008.

All the traditional clubs were established by their members after WW2 living in West-German "exile" and always hoping to come back one day to their home towns.

There usually was a West-German club, I call it host, which was supporting a traditional club. If the host would be a person, you would call this person a godfather. The traditional clubs became members of German rowing association DRV and had their own members and their own boats, which were placed into boat houses of the hosts. Furthermore they got their proper domestic authority in their hostís boat houses. The information was provided by Werner Löffler, chairman of "Vineta" and Hans-Helmut Laser, the former chairman of "Germania" Königsberg.

When time was passing, those clubs ran out of members, which simply died. And therefore with one exception meanwhile all those clubs had been dissolved or merged perhaps with their hosts. The rowing clubs, having been located in former DDR meanwhile went back partially to their home towns, e.g. in Leipzig, Halle and Merseburg.

Some clubs had no official host or the name of host canít be reconstructed today. I make a difference between established in and located in. The latter usually is the name of a West-German town. If the host is known, the name of the club is added.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 December 2008

Furthermore there had been several German rowing clubs, established in territories lost by Germany in WW1 and WW2, which did not survive and simply faded away. Finally there had been very few German rowing clubs abroad, which are not listed here.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 January 2021


Alphabetical listing of all traditional clubs

Source:
If source is not given explicitely, all information is available from the flag chart of : Rudersportalmanach 1977.


RG Breslau

[RG Breslau (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Dec 2008

Name: Ruder-Gesellschaft Breslau e.V.
Established in: Breslau
Located in: München
Host: RV Weser Hameln
Established: 5 September 1905
It was a white flag, divided by two horizontal black stripes with a red 6-point star between the stripes in the centre of flag. The upper stripe is superimposed by a white canton, fimbriated black, with black unserifed capitals "RGB".
[RG Breslau blade (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 Jan 2021
The blade contained a vertical version of the flag, a white field with a centred red 6-point star between two thin black vertical lines. Source: photo provided by Michael Schaffrath, one of the last members of the club on 19 August 2019

Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Dec 2008 / 18 Jan 2021


Bromberger RC "Frithjof"

[Bromberger RC Frtihjof (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Dec 2008

Name: RC "Frithjof" Bromberg
Established in: Bromberg
Located in: Lübeck
Established: 16 May 1894
It was a white flag divided by a blue centred cross with a 6-point star of the same colour in the upper hoist.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Dec 2008


RC Crossen

[RC Crossen (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Dec 2008

Name: Ruder-Club Crossen von 1885
Established in: Crossen/Oder
Located in: Salzgitter-Lebenstedt
Host: Ruderclub am Salzgittersee im SFS e.V.
Established: 12 February 1885
It was a blue over red horizontal bicolour with black inscriptions "R.C.Cr." in the upper half and "1885" in the lower half.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Dec 2008


RV "Nautilus"Elbing

[RV Nautilus Elbing (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Dec 2008

Name: Ruderverein "Nautilus" e.V. Elbing
Established in: Elbing
Located in: Bremerhaven
Host: Bremerhavener Ruderverein von 1889 e.V.
Established: 19 April 1877
It was a 6-stripes flag with alternating horizontal blue and red stripes. There was a white canton divided by a black saltire with black capitals "R"(hoist), "V"(top), "N"(fly) and "E"(bottom). Please note that the colour of canton might be different, probably blue or red, but I havenít any proof.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Dec 2008


Königsberger RC 1889

[Königsberger RC 1889 (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Dec 2008

Name: Königsberger Ruder-Club von 1889
Established in: Königsberg
Located in: Kassel
Established: 23 February 1889
It was a white flag with a blue Maltese cross in its centre.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Dec 2008


RC "Germania"Königsberg

[RC Germania Königsberg (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Dec 2008

Name: Ruderclub "Germania" Königsberg(Pr.) in Hamburg e.V.
Established in: Königsberg
Located in: Hamburg
Host: Rudergesellschaft "Hansa" e.V.
Established: 22 January 1896
It was a 6-stripes flag with alternating horizontal white and black stripes. There was a white canton, fimbriated black, divided by a black saltire.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Dec 2008


RV "Prussia" Königsberg

[RV Prussia Königsberg (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 June 2014

Name: Ruder-Verein "Prussia" e.V. Königsberg(Pr.) in Duisburg
Established in: Königsberg
Located in: Duisburg
Host: Duisburger Ruderverein e.V. 1897/1910
Established: 27 March 1902
It was a white flag divided by two black horizontal stripes. Between the stripes was a black inscription "RV" above "P" in the upper hoist and a black eagle with white inescutcheon in the centre. Black and white had been the colours of Prussia.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Dec 2008


RC "Möwe" Neusalz

[RC Möwe Neusalz (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Dec 2008

Name: Ruder-Club "Möwe" von 1884 e.V. Neusalz
Established in: Neusalz
Located in: Offenbach
Established: 29 February 1884
The flag was divided five times per bend into white and blue with a red 6-point star, containing a black lower case "m" in the centre.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Dec 2008


RK "Vineta" Potsdam

[RK Vineta Potsdam (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Dec 2008

Name: Ruderklub "Vineta" Potsdam e.V.
Established in: Potsdam
Located in: Potsdam
Hosts: Rudergesellschaft Eberbach 1899 e.V.(1957-1990); Potsdamer Rudergesellschaft e.V.(since 1990)
Established: 5 March 1883
It was a white flag divided by two light-blue horizontal stripes with a big capital "V" of the same colour between the stripes.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Dec 2008


RC "Triton" Stettin

[RC Triton Stettin (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Dec 2008

Name: Ruder-Club "Triton" e.V. zu Stettin
Established in: Stettin
Located in: Hamburg
Established: 23 November 1882
It was a white flag divided by two light-blue horizontal stripes with a black inscription "RC TRITON", the word "Triton" having inverted commas.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Dec 2008


Alphabetical listing of other former clubs


RV "Wratislavia"

[RV Wratislavia Breslau (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 May 2011

Name: Ruderverein "Wratislavia" e.V.
Located in: Kassel
Established in: Breslau
Host: Deutscher Ruder-Club von 1884 Hannover
Established: 26 April 1878
It is a 12-stripes flag divided into alternating horizontal red and white stripes. The canton is a 5-stripes flag divided into black and white stripes. The black stripes continue the red ones, the white stripes the white ones. The canton is separated by a thin black vertical line. The canton has a 2nd inner canton being a white field divided by a thin black saltire. The inner canton is separated by thin black lines.
Source: image based upon photo provided by Friedrich Oehler from DRC 1884 Hannover
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 May 2011


Elbinger RC "Vorwärts"

[Elbinger RC "orwärts"(RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Jan 2021

The white flag was parted by a blue centred cross. In the canton was a red cross patty flanked by red initials as follows: "E" (above hoist), "R" (above fly), "C" (below hoist) and "V" (below fly).
Source: here
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Jan 2021


Ruder-Verein Oppeln e.V.

[Ruder-Verein Oppeln e.V. (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Dec 2008
The white flag was divided by a blue saltire, in centre was a blue annulet charged with black dotted initials "R.V." (1st line) and "O." (2nd line).
Source: Der Rudersport, II/41/8 October 1913
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Dec 2008


[ (RC, Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider,
The flag was parted per bend of black-white-red. The white stripe had a black inscription in bend ß18 = S.R.V. 81ß.
Source: Der Rudersport, II/6/5 February 1913
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Dec 2008


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