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Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
August Bolten, Hamburg - same idea, different execution...
Jarig Bakker, 14 Dec 2004
An orle, a thin saltire? History of this venerable firm at this webpage. One flag leads to another... the boltenesque flag of the affiliated company Lydia Mar Shipping Co. S.A., Kallithea, Greece, and another one, that of BuS Shipmanagement GmbH, Hamburg (where do they get these loony street names - Mattentwiete indeed!), on the same page.
Jan Merten, 15 Dec 2004
I have in my possession a JPEG file that looks like a photo or a scan of a cloth flag, which is quite different from either GIF.
For starters, its dimensions are 5:9 and not 2:3 as the other two. Also, the red border is the same thickness as the outer white border, being the saltire a lot narrower, about the same thickness as the black ring. All in all, this file is closer to the 2003 image than to the 2004 one, but even so different enough to deserve a new gif.
Jorge Candeias, 25 Apr 2005
August Bolten; William Millers Nachfolger. August Bolten, born in Mecklenburg in 1812, became an employee of ship-broker William Miller in 1830. After Millers death Bolten led the company together with Miller's widow. As the widow died later on Bolten became the only owner of the shipping company in 1844. Since then the company kept their name. Until 1912 the company used a red flag with white serifed capital letters "AB" in the centre..
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; p.132ff.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Mar 2007