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3:5 image by Stefan Schwoon, 13 Feb 2001
From Ralf Hartemink's International Civic Arms website: The arms combine the griffin of the Princes of Rostock with the arms of the Hanseatic League of cities. The griffin first appears on the second known seal of the city, which is known since 1367. (...) The princes of Rostock were a branch of the Dukes of Mecklenburg. The lower part of the arms first appears in the late 14th or early 15th century on the flags of the city.
Literature: Das Wappen der Hansestadt Rostock, leaflet published by the city of Rostock, 1993; Bensing et al, Lexikon Städte und Wappen der DDR, Leipzig, 1984.
Santiago Dotor, 27 Nov 2001
It's ratio is 5:2. It's a vertical tricolour blue (double width)-white-red from left to right(visible). In the middle of the blue stripe is a rather tiny golden griffin facing the hoist-side.
The tiny griffin does not match the aims of heraldry. It should fill the whole blue stripe. But here the shape of the griffin on flag was more or less kept. I don't know, whether this version is official. I spotted this banner on 8 December 2006 in Nienhagen (Bad Doberan County) next to Rostock.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Mar 2007