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Hamburg Historical Flags (Germany)

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg

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Introduction

The red flag with castle appeared after 1470, mainly white castle on a red background but the reverse also is known. In the 16th century the plain flag appeared with full arms. The whaling vessels used a flag (red or white?) with a whale. The war ships bore a on red background a destroyer with weapons, attested 1863. The Admiralty flag was created c. 1624. After 1600 the shield was missing on the flags and the castle was drawn directly on the background. The castle was white or red and the background red or white. In the 17th century is attested a blue flag with a white castle. The red, white and blue ensigns have the same system as the British Navy and Hanoverian Navy. After 1751 the red flag with a white castle was imposed. Castle versions are known at least from 1751, 1834, 1862, 1894 and 1948.
Jaume Ollé (?), 4 Oct 1998
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