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State Flag used by the Senate (Hamburg, Germany)

Staatsflagge

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[State Flag used by the Senate (Hamburg, Germany)] 25:16 | 5 m × 3.2 m |
by Marcus Schmöger
Flag adopted 8th October 1897, readopted 11th May 1951


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Description

The "state flag" shows on a red field a white rectangle with the greater arms of Hamburg. It was introduced in 1897. This is only used by the Senat ('Senate' i.e. government) of Hamburg and not by other authorities. The respective regulations dating from 1949 and 1951 say that the flag should be hoisted at the town hall and at the mast of the Senate boat when a senator is on board. Sources: Smith 1975, Schurdel 1995, Laitenberger and Bassier 2000 and Gaedechens 1855.

Marcus Schmöger, 29 May 2001

The use of the so-called Staatsflagge actually only used by the Senate is also described in Hertenstein 1985 (Jörg Hertenstein, Die Flaggen des Bundeslandes Hamburg, in Hamburgische Geschichts- und Heimatblätter no. 11, pp. 153-158, 1985). The most obvious use of the Senate flag is at the town hall. The flag used there is a hanging flag in 25:16 ratio (5 m × 3.2 m).

Marcus Schmöger, 25 November 2003


State Flag used by the Senate, Horizontal Variant

[State Flag used by the Senate, Horizontal Variant (Hamburg, Germany)] 2:3
by Marcus Schmöger

As a horizontal flag it is only flown on some service launches, hoisted at the starboard gaff, when a senator is on board. For bigger ships, some bigger flags are kept in store. All of them come in 2:3 ratio.

Marcus Schmöger, 25 November 2003

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