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Haeger & Schmidt

[Haeger & Schmidt] image by Eugene Ipavec, 24 May 2006

Last year, a Haeger & Schmidt house flag was offered on eBay (end 8 June 2005, object no. 6182869155).  Divided per saltire red (left and right triangles) and blue (upper and lower triangles), it has a white disk in the centre bearing a gearwheel outlined in black; the red triangles bear the black letters ?H &? (hoist) and ?Sch? (fly). Following links lead to the website of 'Haeger & Schmidt International GmbH' (original German and English version). Quote from ?The Company? section: ?With our own fleet of ships, chartered vessels and a large number of privately-owned inland waterway craft working under contract for us, Haeger & Schmidt International is responsible for transporting over 10 million tonnes of cargo a year.

Haeger & Schmidt is a strong and powerful member of the SNCB / NMBS Group. As a major link in this comprehensive logistics system, we can offer all the
advantages of inland waterway carriage in ideal combination with all other modes of transport. Flexibility and integration are our strengths.?
Among the activities of this company, founded in 1887 and now employing some 200 people, are waterway transportation of various kinds (including containers), warehousing, and short-sea traffic. A look at the ?Locations? section shows Haeger & Schmidt offices in Germany (Duisburg being the main seat), Poland, Switzerland, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands.  Some interesting flagoids appear representing RKE (Belgium), Best Logistics (Poland), AVR (France), and Sitra (Netherlands), all but the last being variants of the H&Sch flag.
House flag flying on this barge, or to give another example, tiny flag visible (photo) and house flag (drawing) here.
Jan Mertens, 18 Apr 2006


E. Hagen & Co

[E. Hagen und Co] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2007

E. Hagen und Co. - The company used a white flag with a red pentagram in its centre. In the middle of the pentagram is a red inscription "H&Co.".
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; inside cover.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2007


J. Hagen

[J. Hagen] image by Jorge Candeias, 8 Jan 2005

The flag is blue with a white lozenge that touches the edges and a red initial "H" in the center. And the caption is sheer clarity: J. Hagen.
Jorge Candeias, 8 Jan 2005


Hamburg-Bremen Afrika Linie

[Hamburg-Bremen Afrika Linie] image by Jarig Bakker, 21 Jan 2005

Hamburg-Bremen Afrika Linie, Bremen; white flag, black key; in corners red "HBAL".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 21 Jan 2005


Hamburger Verkehrs Verbund

[Hamburger Verkehrs Verbund] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Feb 2007

HVV, the "Hamburger Verkehrs Verbund" is Hamburgs Public Transport, consisting of S-Bahn Hamburg, which is part of German Railways DB, HHA, the "Hamburger Hochbahn AG", which runs metros and busses and HADAG, which runs harbour ferries for passengers. It is often hoisted together with the HADAG-flag.
It is a white flag with red horizontal stripes at both edges. In the centre is the inscription "HVV" in red capital italics, red underlined and two blue parallel lines connected with a little white square on the left side. The blue line is a symbol of a railway track with one station (=white square). (spotted 12 November 2006 in Hamburg).
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Feb 2007


Hamburg-Vera Cruz-Packetfahrt-Gesellschaft

[Hamburg-Vera Cruz-Packetfahrt-Gesellschaft] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Mar 2007

Hamburg-Vera Cruz-Packetfahrt-Gesellschaft - The company had a red flag with a blue roundel in the centre. In each corner was a blue capital "H" (upper hoist), "V" (upper fly);"P" (lower hoist) and "G" (lower fly).
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; cover inside.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Mar 2007


Hamman & Prahm

[Hamman & Prahm] image by Jarig Bakker, 9 Nov 2005

Hamman & Prahm G.m.b.H. & Co., Wischhafen - horizontal green - white - red flag; in center white diamond with smaller black outlined diamond, charged with green underlined cloverleaf; the diamond between black "HP".
(Wischhafen is northwest of Hamburg along the Elbe river.)
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 9 Nov 2005


Hansa T

[Hansa T houseflag] image by Jarig Bakker, 31 Aug 2006

Another nice flag shown on the Binnenvaart site belongs to the German inland shipping company ?Hansa? (not to be confused with its more famous, sea-going namesake).

Variously rendered on the above site, two names come up: Hansa Tankschiffahrt W. Deichmann & Co. at Oberwinter (small town on the Rhine, to the South of Bonn) and Hansa Transport at Hannover (well-known town in the North of Germany; the Mittellandkanal is nearby).
The house flag and the vessel ?Hansa T? are shown here. Interestingly, the photo camera icon near the ?Hansa 8? (first name of this vessel) links to a b/w photo showing the flag.

According to Binnenvaart, the house flag is (was) white with a black serifed initial ?H? in the centre, within a black ring; from the centre, four widening green stripes reach towards the flag?s corners. (On the other hand, the b/w photo *seems* to have non-widening stripes, in other words, the ringed ?H? would to be positioned in the centre of a regular green saltire.  Curious, or simply bad eyesight on my part.)

As to the firm?s history ? from Binnenvaart I could only extract 1956-1974 as years of operation, beyond that I drew a blank in every respect!
Jan Mertens, 31 Aug 2006


Hansatank

[Hansatank houseflag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 20 Aug 2008

This image was extracted from German eBay offer 6629791901, ended 21 May 2006.  We see a red-and-white checkered flag (nine rectangles 3x3 starting with red in upper hoist) bearing black initials ?HTO? (no serifs) on the second row, one letter per rectangle.
It is safe to assume that HTO refers to Hansatank Osnabrück.
Jan Mertens, 29 Dec 2006


Hansa Treuhand

[Hansa Treuhand] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 September 2008

Hansa Treuhand Schiffbeteiligungs-AG & cO. KG, located at Ballindamm, Hamburg: It is a white flag with a blue canton, containing a white cross pattée. Two blue lines, one coming from the hoist, are forming a wave in the flag?s fly end.
The SeaCloud II shipping company and Hansa Hamburg Shipping International GmbH & Co. KG are parts of this holding.
Source: I spotted this flag on 13 July 2008 at Ballindamm, Hamburg.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 September 2008


Hanse Bereederung

[HANSE Bereederung] image by Santiago Dotor, 11 Nov 2003

Dov Gutterman spotted the link of HANSE Bereederung - Blue - white disk, red H.
Santiago Dotor, 11 Nov 2003


Hanseatic (Bremen)

[Hanseatic (Bremen)] image by Santiago Dotor, 11 Nov 2003

Dov Gutterman spotted the link of Hanseatic (Bremen) - Red - white disk, outlined H.
Santiago Dotor, 11 Nov 2003


Hanseatic Shipping

[Hanseatic Shipping] image by Santiago Dotor, 11 Nov 2003

Dov Gutterman spotted the link of Hanseatic Shipping & Chartering GmbH - Horizontal Red - White - Blue, reversed at the hoist; in center outlined blue oval, blue "HSC".
Santiago Dotor, 11 Nov 2003


Hanseatische Dampf Gesellschaft

[Hanseatische Dampf Gesellschaft] image by Jarig Bakker, 14 Dec 2004

Hanseatische Dampf Gesellschaft, Lübeck - red flag; white letters "H.D.G".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 14 Dec 2004


Hanseatische Motorschiffahrts-AG

[Hanseatische Motorschiffahrts-AG] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Mar 2007

Hanseatische Motorschiffahrts-AG - The company used a white flag with narrow horizontal red stripes on both edges. In the centre of the flag is a black object similar to a ship's propeller.
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; cover inside.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Mar 2007


Hanseatischer Afrika-Dienst

[Hanseatischer Afrika-Dienst] image by Jarig Bakker, 13 Nov 2003

I found a companion to the Glahr-houseflag with reversed colors in "See und Seefahrt", by G.A. Wolter, 1968 - Hanseatischer Afrika-Dienst.
Dov Gutterman, 2 Nov 2003


A. Hansen

[A. Hansen] image by Jarig Bakker, 17 Feb 2005

A. Hansen, Flensburg - blue flag, white "A.H.".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 17 Feb 2005


Carl W. Hanssen Tankschiffahrt

[Carl W. Hanssen Tankschiffahrt] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Mar 2009

Carl W. Hanssen Tankschiffahrt
The company was located in Hamburg-Blankenese. It is a vertical triband light blue-white-light blue with a light blue ?H? in the white stripe.
Source: ?Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen?; 2nd ed.; Hamburg 1956; p.22
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Mar 2009


Alnwick Harmstorf

[Alnwick Harmstorf] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 June 2007

Alnwick Harmstorf Co / Taurus-Schiffahrt: It is a light blue (FIAV-code B-) flag with a white stripe at top and bottom edge and a white serifed capital "H" in the centre of the flag.
I spotted this flag on 2 April 2007 in front of the company`s building in Hamburg-Altona, Kaystraße 1.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 June 2007


Hartmann Reederei

[Hartmann Reederei (Shipping Company, Germany)] image by Jorge Candeias, 2 Mar 1999

White with a greyish blue lowercase 'h', in italics, shifted to the fly. The lower 'leg' of the 'h' stretches to the hoist creating a relatively narrow stripe over which are two other stripes in dark red and black.
Jorge Candeias, 2 Mar 1999

Hartmann Reederei. This refers to what is now Hartmann Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. K.G. which dates from 1981, originally as Alfred Hartmann.
Neale Rosanoski, 18 Oct 2004


A.Hartrodt

[A.Hartrodt] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Mar 2007

A.Hartrodt imported salpetre. He bought this one and only vessel in 1907. It was sunk by a submarine in 1917 and that was the end of the company. The company used a white flag with capital letters "AH" in the centre.
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; p.208.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Mar 2007


Paul Hase

[Paul Hase] image by Jarig Bakker, 17 Feb 2006

Paul Hase, Hammah - 7 horizontal stripes of black and orange; in center black "H".
Hammah is a small town west of Hamburg.
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 17 Feb 2006


Albert Hauschild

[Albert Hauschild] image by Jarig Bakker, 6 Nov 2003

Dov Gutterman reported the link of Albert Hauschild (GmbH & Co.), which contains the houseflag of said firm, as well as the rather similar flag of Klingenberg Bereederungs- und Befrachtungs OHG. Hauschild's flag is: white with broken capitals: green A, and black H.
Santiago Dotor, 6 Nov 2003


H.W. Heidmann

[H.W. Heidmann] image by Jorge Candeias, 3 Dec 2004

The flag is simple and clear: a white cloth with two black "H" that share a common leg. But the caption is a nightmare. Speculating a lot, I could say it's something like "H. W. Hremans". Let's hope it pops up in some other source.
Jorge Candeias, 3 Dec 2004

It's No. 588 in the on-line 1912 Lloyds Flags & Funnels: 'H.W. Heidmann, Hamburg'.
Jan Mertens, 4 Dec 2004


John Heins

[John Heins] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 Apr 2007

John Heins - The company used a red over yellow pennant superimposed by a black serifed capital "H" shifted to the hoist.
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; inside cover.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 Apr 2007


Helmsing & Grimm

[Helmsing & Grimm] image by Jarig Bakker, 30 Sep 2005

Helmsing & Grimm G.m.b.H. & Co., Hamburg; white burgee, blue disk.
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 30 Sep 2005


Wilhelm Hemsoth

[Wilhelm Hemsoth] image by Jarig Bakker, 7 Feb 2005

Wilhelm Hemsoth, Hamburg - white flag, tapered blue saltire, in center yellow disk with two black hammers in saltire; in white top and bottom black "WH".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 7 Feb 2005


Jorg Hennig

[Jorg Hennig] image by Jarig Bakker, 17 Dec 2005

Jorg Hennig Bereederungs und Schiffahrts K.G., Duisburg - green flag, white "H".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 17 Dec 2005


A.J. Hertz Söhne

[A.J.Hertz Söhne] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Mar 2007

A.J.Hertz Söhne - The flag shows a white Hamburg-gate in a red heart ("Hertz" = heart) in a blue heart in a white flag.
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; inside cover.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Mar 2007


Claus Heydorn

[Claus Heydorn] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Mar 2007

Claus Heydorn - The only thing I know about Claus Heydorn is, that he ran the vessel JOHANNA MATHILDA from 1869-1874 together with Rob M. Sloman. The flag is somehow an inverted Sloman flag. In the centre of a white cloth is a blue Hamburg-gate and in each corner is a blue 6-point star.
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; p.23.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Mar 2007


Heyne & Hessenmüller

[Heyne & Hessenmüller] image by Eugene Ipavec, 20 Aug 2008

Jorge Candeias wrote: "The flag is relatively clear if we except the central element: consists ofa yellow saltire on blue, with a large disc in the center, containing what seems to be blue letters: the large one is clearly an H, but there seems to be another, smaller, H above it and what looks like an inverted question mark below it."

A difficult one this, even if we saw enough of the flag to realize it must have been rather a striking one.  In the event Jörg?s source identifies it as belonging to Heyne & Hessenmüller: Yellow saltire and yellow disk on a blue field (would at least the disk have had a black outline?), the disk bearing a large black initial ?H? between a smaller one above and an ampersand below, all black.  The letters are serifed.

There are slight traces on the web, for instance, H&H sold a ship to the Yeoward Line in 1904 (The Ships List), another one was bought in 1900 (Warsailors).  Not very much to go on, as yet.
Jan Mertens, 19 Dec 2006


Reederei Hiddensee

[Reederei Hiddensee (Shipping Company, Germany)] image by Al Fisher

Blue flag with a wide red stripe, fimbriated white, from bottom hoist to top fly, bearing a white anchor. On the top hoist a white letter 'R', on the bottom fly a white letter 'H'.
Santiago Dotor, 17 May 2005


Jean Hintze

[Jean Hintze] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Mar 2007

Jean Hintze - This company used a black flag with a white rhomb with red serifed capital letters "JH".
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; cover inside.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Mar 2007


Heinrich Hirdes

[Heinrich Hirdes] image by Santiago Dotor, 27 Mar 2006

Sara Townsley asked: This flag is located on a main road in a rural area in Baden-Wurttemburg, Germany. It has three horizontal stripes: white on the top, white on the bottom, and black across the middle. In the black field, "HH" is in large white letters. It's flying from a pole at the entrance to an agricultural business, whose name does not contain any Hs.
Sara Townsley, 27 Mar 2006

This flag is the houseflag of the Heinrich Hirdes GmbH founded 1912 in Duisburg. This company still exists (now in Hamburg), see this website.
Jörg M. Karaschewski, 30 Mar 2006


Hoesch Reederei

[Hoesch Reederei] image by Jarig Bakker, 30 Aug 2006

I have found only one trace of this elusive firm, ?Hoesch Reederei GmbH? established at Dortmund or Ruhrort according to the Dutch 'Binnenvaart' site. (photo showing (part of) the house flag on 'Mosel', built for Hoesch in 1944). Once a motor tug, the erstwhile ?Hoesch 1? was built in 1940, sold in 1952, and re-acquired under the same name by Hoesch in 1956.  Sold definitively in 1969 to be rebuilt as the passenger ship ?Patria? shown on the photo.

So an inland towage firm by the name of Hoesch was active at least between 1940 and 1969 ? not much information to go by but this is all I could find and so am wholly indebted to Binnenvaart.
(There is of course the well-known steel company Hoesch, now a part of ThyssenKrupp, but whether there is a connection is another question.)

The house flag: horizontally divided white-orange etc., five stripes in all, and a small white canton, thinly bordered in black where it touches the stripes, containing a ?Fraktur? initial ?h? within a black ring.
Jan Mertens, 30 Aug 2006

Yes, there is a connection with the steel-concern - see this page presenting 73-year old Marlies Berndsen, a volunteer working for the Hoesch Museum in Dortmund, more especially the title "Wahres Symbol" (true symbol) and the accompanying photo showing the ringed initial.
That 'h' however is no longer the company symbol...  Quoting Ms Berndsen (translated): "To the old Hoeschians the gothic 'H' will always be the only true symbol of Hoesch - and to me in any case".
Incidentally, it is not an upper case 'H' as evidenced by the Fraktur ("Gothic" script) table available in dictionaries and the like.
Concerning the shipping company, I now realize that it was already mentioned in the 6 June 2006 message concerning WTAG, as being one of the founding firms in 1899.
Logically, Hoesch must have broken away (if that is not too strong a term) sometime between 1899 and 1940, first trace I found of a vessel in operation.
Jan Mertens, 31 Aug 2006


Wulf Hoffmann

[Wulf Hoffmann] image by Jarig Bakker, 17 Dec 2005

Wulf Hoffmann, Hamburg - blue flag with 4 white horizontal stripes a varying height; in center sort of white "WH".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 17 Dec 2005


Holm & Molzen

[Holm & Molzen] image by Jarig Bakker, 7 Feb 2005

Holm & Molzen, Flensburg - blue flag, white 7-pointed star
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 7 Feb 2005


Eduard Holtzapfel

[Eduard Holtzapfel] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Apr 2007

Eduard Holtzapfel - The company existed from 1889 til 1912, when Holtzapfel gave up. The company used a white flag with red stripes on either edge. The white field had a small blue canton with a white shield showing a branch with three wild apples (germ.: Holzäpfel). The red inscription "E.H." is shifted to the fly.
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; p.153-154.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Apr 2007


Alfred Homuth

[Alfred Homuth] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Mar 2007

Alfred Homuth G.m.b.H. - The company was founded by Captain Alfred Homuth in 1919 and existed at least until 1927. The company used a green flag with a white diamond with red serifed dotted capital letters "A.H."
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; p.218f-219.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Mar 2007


Bernhard Howaldt

[Bernhard Howaldt] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Mar 2009

Bernhard Howaldt
The company was located in Hamburg. It is a light blue flag with a white lozenge and a red ?H? upon the lozenge.
Source: ?Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen?; 2nd ed.; Hamburg 1956; p.23
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Mar 2009


Hussmann & Hahn

[Hussmann & Hahn] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Feb 2009

Hussmann & Hahn
The company today has merged with Pickenpack. Today it is a seafood company, located in Lüneburg.
Part of its logo is (the old?) flag of H&H. It is a white flag divided by a red saltire. In the centre is a red disc with a white crooked fish, perhaps a cod, exceeding the disc at both ends. In the hoist and fly quarter there is a blue capital ?H?.
Source: You can find that image at the company?s wall in Lüneburg and on every wrapping of their seafood products as well.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Feb 2009


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