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J.H.D. Dabelstein

[J.H.D. Dabelstein] image by Ivan Sache, 15 Mar 2008

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of "J.H.D. Dabelstein" (#27, p. 38), a company based in Hamburg, as red with a white square diamond charged with a red letter "D".

The "The ShipsList" website mentions SS "Fiume" as purchased by Dabelstein from Hambourg South American Line in 1901.
The same year, Dabelstein purchased the "Europa 1879" from Witt & Busch and operated her until scrapped in 1914.
Ivan Sache, 15 Mar 2008


Dampfer-Genossenschaft Deutscher Strom- und Binnenschiffer

[Dampfer-Genossenschaft Deutscher Strom- und Binnenschiffer] image by Jens Pattke, 11 Oct 2005

Dampfer-Genossenschaft Deutscher Strom- und Binnenschiffer GmbH (Gesellschaft mit beschraenkter Haftung). That is: Steamer Company of German River and Inland Shipping Ltd.

This company was a Co-operative Society of private skippers, founded in 1889 in the city of Fuerstenberg (Oder), at present the city of Eisenhuettenstadt. The skippers sailed on the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Kanal (at present Oder-Spree-Kanal). They transported cargo from the river Oder to the German capital Berlin. In 1956 the co-op was nationalised and became the Firma VEB Binnenschiffahrt; in the German Democratic Republic it was a state-firm.
Jens Pattke, 11 Oct 2005


Herm Dauelsberg

[Herm Dauelsberg] image by Jarig Bakker, 19 Jan 2006

Herm Dauelsberg, Bremen - Israeli-style WBWBW flag; in center black "D".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 19 Jan 2006

Herm. Dauelsberg GmbH & Co. KG
[Herm Dauelsberg#2] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 May 2009
The company is located in Bremen. In 1857 Hermann Dauelsberg obtained permission from the Chamber of Commerce and the city of Bremen to take over the licence to run an already existing shipbroker business under the name of Herm. Dauelsberg.
Mr. Christian August Bunnemann, who was an apprentice of the former existing company, was responsible for developing the success of the shipbroking and liner agency business. He became a partner and took over the remaining shares from Hermann Dauelsberg's son Carl when he died in 1887.
Herm. Dauelsberg GmbH & Co. KG. remains a family owned company to this day and four generations later it is managed by the brothers C.Andreas Bunnemann,until his retirement end 2006, and Klaus F. Bunnemann who
In April 2008 Nicolaus Bunnemann, son of Klaus F. Bunnemann joined the company.
The company did cargo shipping and passages for emigrants to North America as well. The core business was liner agency until the shipping companies ran that business directly. Until today there remained chartering broker, sale and purchase, port agency and ship owning. Liner agency business had been terminated in the 1990ies.
For further information click company's website .
Description of flag:
It was a white flag, horizontally divided by two blue stripes and a big black capital "D" between the stripes.
Source: "Flaggen, Schornsteine, Reedereien- Flaggen und Schornsteine der deutschen Reedereien und ihre Schiffe über 300 BRT"; Hamburg 1957; p.F7
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 May 2009


Wilhelm Dehde

[Wilhelm Dehde] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Apr 2009

Wilhelm Dehde
The company was located in Bützfleth. It is a black over white over red horizontal tricolour, like former German merchant ensign, superimposed by a big, yellow “D”, fimbriated black.
Title: „Flaggen, Schornsteine, Reedereien- Flaggen und Schornsteine der deutschen Reedereien und ihre Schiffe über 300 BRT“; Hamburg 1957; p.F7.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Apr 2009


Peter Deilmann

[Peter Deilmann] image by Jarig Bakker, 12 Oct 2005

Peter Deilmann, Neustadt - white flag, red "D", containing a ship's bow topped by an "F", all red.
(Guess this is Neustadt in Holstein)
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 12 Oct 2005


Deppe Lines

[Deppe Lines] image by Jarig Bakker, 5 Nov 2003

From a Google cache (news flash from 24 Sept.) we learn that:
"Deppe Line will withdraw from liner shipping effective 31 October. To confirm with the FMC status of vessel operator, the Hamburg-based H. Schuldt-owned carrier formally chartered a ship (lately a 3,000 TEU unit) from its long-standing partner Lykes Lines (CP Ships).
Deppe, which had its roots in Belgium (Armement Deppe) used to offer space on three weekly box services between N. Europe and the US East Coast and Gulf, including Mexico."

I do not know anything about the degree of relationship between Deppe Lines (DE) and Armement Deppe, but anyway, here goes:
Company website: The Delta points to "Deppe", surely, and the choice of colours may not be accidental.
A quick look did not reveal anything on withdrawing from the shipping business... But if the flag waves on, who are we to complain?
Jan Mertens, 5 Nov 2003


Detjen

[Detjen houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 6 Nov 2003

Friedrich A. Detjen G.m.b.H. & Co., Hamburg - Dov Gutterman reported the link of Detjen - flag: white with red bordered white diamond charged with black capital D. At the history page of that site the black thingies at top and bottom on a Macromedia Flash image are replaced by black shadows underlining the flag flying. On that same history page is another houseflag: white with a vertical chevron with in the center a capital D. It's black and white, though...
Santiago Dotor, 6 Nov 2003


Deutsch-Australische Dampf Gesellschaft

[Deutsch-Australische Dampf Gesellschaft] image by Jorge Candeias, 23 Dec 2004

I would't call this design striking, but it's definitely interesting: a sort of red and black saltire on white, where the saltire is formed by two overlapping diagonals, the one that runs from top hoist to bottom fly disposed above the other one, and both divided in two halves, the hoist half red and the fly half black. The caption is another nightmare. The first word looks like "Olick", OSLT, the second one seems to be "Rusit", or "Dusit", the third is completely unreadable, but seems to begin with a D, and the third one might be the "Gem." abbreviation.
Jorge Candeias, 23 Dec 2004

It's the Deutsch-Australische Dampfschiff(ahrts)-Gesellschaft, Hamburg. The flag can be seen on a pdf file from the 1902 Brockhaus encyclopedia. No Australian angle as far as I can see, only the (then) German national flag colours.
Jan Mertens, 24 Dec 2004


Deutsche Afrika-Linien

[Deutsche Afrika-Linien] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Jun 2007

Deutsche Afrika-Linien John T.Essberger - The company is located at Palmaille 45 in Hamburg-Altona and is today member of Rantzau group. The company is using two flags, that one of John T. Essberger (white with a blue capital "E") and Deutsche Afrika-Linien (yellow with a black white red lozenge, but the lozenge
is not touching the edges). I have displayed a simplified logo of the company. See also: Deutsch Ost-Afrika Linie.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Jun 2007


Deutsche Conti Schifffahrt

[Deutsche Conti Schifffahrt] image by Jarig Bakker, 13 Jan 2006

Deutsche Conti Schifffahrts G.m.b.H., Hamburg - Israeli-style WRWRW flag, in center red "C" containing yellow "C"-like item with on top a yellow thingy.
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 13 Jan 2006


Deutsche Küsten Dampfschiff

[Deutsche Küsten Dampfschiff] image by Jorge Candeias, 11 Jan 2005

This company, the house flag of which Jorge sent on 11 Jan. 2005, was tentatively identified as “Drak Kaut, D.A.G. (?)" – a very difficult job as the original caption was hardly readable.  No problem at all with the gif, though.
Jorge's description: “yet another red flag with a white lozenge reaching the edges and a black K in the middle”.

Sent along by Jörg from the original source, this particular image has as caption: ‘Dtsch. Küst. D.A.G.’.
This must be ‘Deutsche Küsten Dampfschiff A.G.’ (i.e. German Coastal Steam Ship Co.), a small trace of which can be found here: see no. 133) D/S Lindborg.  Above company established at Hamburg, active in 1890.
Another slight trace is found in these (Dutch) pages concerning Groningen local shipping: stating – on the last page - that around 1890 ‘Deutsche Küsten
Dampfschiffahrtsgesellschaft’, as called there, had begun an intermittent service between Hamburg and Groningen.  Eventually this met with some success thanks to Dutch potato exports, but came to a standstill because of WWI.
Jan Mertens, 6 May 2007


Deutsche Levante-Linie

[Deutsche Levant-Linie] image by James Dignan, 13 Oct 2003

Image from "The dumpy book of ships and the sea" (ed. Henry Sampson, published by Sampson Low, London, circa 1957).", captioned: Deutsche Levant-Linie.
James Dignan, 13 Oct 2003

German - Continental Ports - Mediterranean and Black Sea. Houseflag: Red and White, quartered diagonally, with DL in White on Black Disk in centre.
Jarig Bakker, 13 Oct 2003


Deutsche Nah-Ost Linie

[Deutsche Nah-Ost Linie] image by Jarig Bakker, 4 Sep 2005

Deutsche Nah-Ost Linie, Hamburg - white flag, the firm's logo.
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 4 Sep 2005

Deutsche Nah-Ost-Linie (1963-1999)
Brief history: In 1962 Nah-Ost-Gemeinschaft (NOG) was established by ARGO Nah-Ost-Linie, Deutsche Orient-Linie (Schuldt) and A/B Transmarin in order to save costs in the middle-east-shipping business.
But celebrating the 10th anniversary in 1972 the fellowship faced a new crisis due to increasing costs for salaries and fuel.
The Oetker group, also involved in middle-east-business tried to cause disharmony in the NOG and made therefore a special offer to Max Adler, manager of ARGO: Oetker offered to charter part of the fleet of ARGO and to withdraw from middle-east business for five years. Those plans were however refused by ARGO and an NOG-Schiffahrts GmbH was established by the fellowship. Nevertheless in the same year there were negotiations between Adler and Oetker, because both parties felt being ruined by the competition.
So NOG was liquidated and Deutsche Nah-Ost-Linien GmbH (DNOL) was established on 1 April 1973.
Oetker held 100% of DNOL in 1986, for the other partners had sold their shares to Hamburg-Süd, belonging to Oetker group, between 1984 and 1986.
DNOL was completely incorporated to Hamburg-Süd with all its agents and employees on 1 July 1999.
Klaus-Peter Bühne, translated by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Apr 2009


Deutsche Orient Linie

[Deutsche Orient Linie] image by Jarig Bakker, 10 Feb 2005

Deutsche Orient Linie, Stettin - white flag, white saltire bordered red and black; in center black diamond contoured white; white "DOL".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 10 Feb 2005


Deutsche Tank-Reederei

[Deutsche Tank-Reederei] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 May 2009

The company was located in Hamburg and a subsidiary of Schiffahrts-und Sped.Kontor'Elbe'.In the 1950ies it owned two tankers transporting edible oil.
Description of flag:
It was a blue flag, cotized red and white. In its centre was a white lozenge containing black capitals "DTR".
Source: "Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen"; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.15
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 May 2009


Deutsch-Russische Naphta Import

[Deutsch-Russische Naphta Import] image by António MARTINS-Tuválkin, 13 Jan 2007

Jorge Candeias wrote: The flag is horizontally stripped of black-white-red-white-blue-white-red with a narrow yellow lozenge in the center that contains the company's sigla, DRNIG, in black capitals disposed in the shape of a cross.

The name of the company explains the colours: ‘Deutsch-Russische Naphta Import Ges.’ i.e. German-Russian Petroleum Import Co. and as the source must have been published in 1912 we understand why we find the pre-WWI colours of both countries.

So: six horizontal stripes, the German ones, NWR, above the Russian ones, WBR.

This flag does not represent a firm with a similar name, founded 1927 and again 1946, but the one named above ending in ‘…Gesellschaft zu Berlin’ probably found in 1883 according to this text in Russian (near the end)…
As stated, Germany and the Soviet Union continued to trade oil after WWI; after WWII, Soviet oil played an important role in the East German economic build-up.  But that is a long time after the peaceful co-existence of the former national colours on a house flag...
Jan Mertens, 24 Dec 2006

Deutsche Seebaggerei

[Deutsche Seebaggerei] image by Eugene Ipavec, 17 Jan 2010

This GDR inland navigation site shows two flags flown by Deutsche Seebaggerei (German Maritime Dredging): For further information click here.
About 2/3 down the page, under the heading Bagger- Bugsier- & Bergungsdienste / Lotsendienst:This concerns the VEB (meaning people's owned company) Deutsche Seebaggerei or DSB which, we learn, was a separate enterprise existing 1952-1969. A red truncated pennant was in use 1952-1960, showing the logo in the hoist: a blue shield bearing white elements: an eight-spoked steering wheel above which appears the acronym "DSB", underlined by a wavy line.
A merger taking effect on 1 January 1970 led to DSB's disappearance, the new enterprise being BBB or VEB Bagger-, Bugsier- und Bergungsreederei, found here
Furthermore Deutsche Seebaggerei is mentioned briefly,:
here and here

Variant(1960-1970):
[Deutsche Seebaggerei] image by Eugene Ipavec, 17 Jan 2010
It was a white rectangular flag was flown showing the shield in blue outline; now there are two wavy lines, interrupted.
Jan Mertens, 5 Dec 2009


H. Diederichsen & Co.

[H. Diederichsen & Co.] image by Jorge Candeias, 30 Dec 2004

The flag is blue with a white bolrder in three sides, leaving the hoist side out, and a white initial "D" in the center. The caption has an initial, H. and a long word, which I guess is "Dlederidars".
Jorge Candeias, 30 Dec 2004

It's No. 28 in the on-line 1912 Lloyds Flags & Funnels, i.e. 'H. Diederichsen & Co., Kiel'. (In this picture, the 'D' is slightly more elaborate.)
Jan Mertens, 31 Dec 2004


Discoverer Reederei

[Discoverer Reederei] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Apr 2009

Discoverer Reederei
The company was located in Bremen. It is a white flag with a blue capital „D“, surrounding a globe in white with blue meridians. Beneath the “D” is a red line upward bound.
Source: Arnold KLUDAS: Die Geschichte der deutschen Passagierschiffahrt (5 Bde.) Hamburg 1986; Reprint Laibach Slovenia-Buch Nr. 03617-8 Flagchart p.224.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Apr 2009


dotrans

[dotrans] image by Eugene Ipavec, 19 Jul 2006

This is not so nice – a flag picture but almost nothing on the firm!  From various commercial information services on the internet we learn that a firm called ‘dotrans’ (lower case), also known as Christian Donner KG, is located at Hannover and engaged in shipping.  That is all, really.

Found last year on French eBay (item no. 6535951661, offer finished 8 June 2005), a ‘dotrans’ flag: orange with the company name spared out of a lowered black stripe fitted between two thin black stripes. As the flag was part of a substantial offer of inland navigation flags and pennants (some of them quite horrible), I suppose we may interpret the ‘shipping’ as being restricted to inland waterways, German or otherwise.
Jan Mertens, 30 Jun 2006


Bootsverleih Lucia Dreessen

[Bootsverleih Lucia Dreessen] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Nov 2010

This small tourist ship and boat rental company is located in Greetsiel. The flag shows the colours of Eastern Frisia, a black over red over blue horizontal tricolour with light grey shadowed capitals "LD" in the red stripe.
Source: I spotted this flag on 14 September 2009 in Greetsiel.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Nov 2010


Reederei Drevin

[Reederei Drevin] image by Ivan Sache, 7 Sep 2008

"Reederei Drevin" is based at Cuxhaven. The company was founded in 1983 by Rainer Drevin, who had commanded ships for the big "Reederei Heinrich" in 1966-1983. Specialized in container transportation, the company got rid of its old ships and purchased two brand new ones , MS "Maike D" (November 2001) and MS "OOCL Nevskiy" (May 2002). The only manager of the company until 2003, Rainer Drevin then appointed his son, Mark Drevin, manager of the nautical and technical operations, remaining himself the managing director of the company.
The flag of "Reederei Drevin", as shown as a graphic on the company website, is red with a thin white border and a white diamond charged with a black "D".
Ivan Sache, 7 Sep 2008


DR Hansa

[DR Hansa] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Apr 2009

DR Hansa
The company was located in Hamburg. It is a red flag with a white lozenge containing a red cross patty.
Source: Arnold KLUDAS: Die Geschichte der deutschen Passagierschiffahrt (5 Bde.) Hamburg 1986; Reprint Laibach Slovenia-Buch Nr. 03617-8 Flagchart p.223.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Apr 2009


Dujardin & Co

[Dujardin & Co houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Apr 2009

Dujardin & Co (formerly Gebrüder Melcher Verkaufs-GmbH) - The company was located in Uerdingen (today borough of the city of Krefeld). The company is still
existing today in Krefeld-Uerdingen, renamed into Melcher GmbH & Co KG. It is a distillery.
Dujardin was the trademark of  a German brandy, which also (fortunately) still exists today.
The flag is divided per saltire into red and blue. There are black inscriptions: “D” (hoist) “&” (bottom) and “Co” (fly). In the centre of the flag is a shield, two white keys in a red field, which is a modified coat of arms of the former city of Uerdingen. Though source shows black keys in a white field within a image really tiny, I chose different tinctures, which were used by the company.
Source: „Flaggen, Schornsteine, Reedereien- Flaggen und Schornsteine der deutschen Reedereien und ihre Schiffe über 300 BRT“; Hamburg 1957; p.F7.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Apr 2009

Dujardin GmbH & Co  KK still exists and is in business in Krefeld Uerding. Our wonderful brandy brand Dujardin Imperial ist very alive and is sold in Germany,
Canada, and meny other countries around the world. Our ship, the MS Imperial, today lies in the Duisburg harnour and is currently remodeled into a hotel.
Matthias Melcher, 28 Jul 2009