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Kosmos Linie (German Shipping Company)

Deutsche Dampfschiffahrtsgesellschaft "Kosmos", Hamburg

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[Kosmos Linie] image by Jorge Candeias, 7 Dec 2004 See also:

Kosmos Linie

Ah! Here's, finally, a great flag! It's good in itself: a red and white vertical bicolour with a blue disc centered, surrounded by 6 blue 5-pointed stars, arranged in two partial arc on both sides of the disc. But it's also good because the caption is completely clear: it reads "Kosmos Linie".
Jorge Candeias, 7 Dec 2004

The stars are indeed blue. See the 1907 painting (with very small flag), but especially the pdf file (house flag chart, 1902). Pity, they show six-pointed stars. Five-pointed stars again under No. 182 of the on-line 1912 Lloyds Flags & Funnels, i.e. 'Deutsche Dampfschiffahrtsgesellschaft "Kosmos", Hamburg'.
So this has to be resolved, but I'd rather believe in Jorge's version.
A question remains... and perhaps our German list members can help here... is there a 'cosmological' intent behind the flag design?
Jan Mertens, 8 Dec 2004

Kosmos Linie - variant

[Kosmos Linie - variant] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 June 2007

Deutsche DampfschiffFahrts Gesellschaft "Kosmos" (variant)
It is a vertical divided red and white flag. In the centre is a blue roundel surrounded by six blue 4-point-stars .
Source: image of a placard, taken from: Arnold KLUDAS:  Die Geschichte der deutschen Passagierschiffahrt (5 vols.)  ;Hamburg 1986; Reprint Laibach Slovenia-Buch Nr. 03617-8.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 June 2007