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Käptn Brass

[Käptn Brass] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Feb 2007

Fahrgastschifffahrt Käptn Brass - Käptn (German slang for captain) Brass  is a shipping company for passenger transports, especially for excursions of daytrippers. The company is located in Rostock-Warnemünde.
It is a white flag with blue horizontal stripes at both edges and a blue capital "M" in the centre of the flag. I have no idea, why there is an "M" in the flag, but nearly all shipnames of the company are beginning with an "M", perhaps the company has kept the flag of a former company. (spotted at 8 December 2006 in Warnemünde).
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Feb 2007


J.C. & H.C. Kiehn

[J.C. & H.C. Kiehn] image by Jorge Candeias, 29 Dec 2004

The flag is a spanish fess of blue and white, with a large K at the center. The colour of the K isn't entirely clear, but some areas of colour around it lead me to suspect that it's supposed to be also blue, and not black. The caption reads something close to J C & H C Kluber.
Jorge Candeias, 9 Dec 2004

It must be J.C. & H.C. Kiehn, Hamburg - there's a trace of this firm here (see under 'War Rother'), ... but I've found no second picture of this particular flag.
Jan Mertens, 1 Jan 2005


Kieler Verkehrs A.G.

[Kieler Verkehrs A.G.] image by Jarig Bakker, 17 Feb 2006

Kieler Verkehrs A.G., Kiel - white flag, the firm's shield superimposed on two black anchors in saltire.
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


Hubert Kiepe

[Hubert Kiepe] image by Jarig Bakker, 23 Oct 2005

Hubert Kiepe K.G., Haren/Ems - horizontal BWB flag; in center white diamond, blue "K".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 23 Oct 2005


Hermann Kimme

[Hermann Kimme] image by Jarig Bakker, 28 Jan 2005

Hermann Kimme, Bremen - red flag, white cross formy, black "HK".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 28 Jan 2005


Kingsin Linie

[Kingsin Linie] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 June 2007

In the time of economic progress after the German-French war of 1870/71 the "Deutsche Dampfschiffs-Rhederei zu Hamburg AG" was established in 1871, located at Rathausmarkt 15, Hamburg. In 1874 this company was somehow connected with "August Bolten, W.Millers Nachfolger". This new company was backed by famous shipping companies like "Wachsmuth & Krogmann", "Godeffroy" and "William O'Swald", represented by Albrecht O'Swald. The plan was to established a European line but the company ended in running the Eastern Asia services. In 1881 the more suggestive denomination "Kingsin Linie" occurred for the first time. Kingsin means "golden star". The company applied for a mail-licence in 1884 but failed and Norddeutscher Lloyd ran the mail service. Nevertheless the company made big business in the next years in supplying the German Navy in Eastern Asia. The main targets were the ports of Penang, Singapore, Hong Kong, Yokohama and Hiogo. The company was dissolved in 1898 probably for economical reasons.
Description of flag: It is a red and white quarterly divided  square flag. In the centre of the first quarter there is a white Hamburg-gate with an open door and portcullis.
Source: Arnold KLUDAS: Die Geschichte der deutschen Passagierschiffahrt (5 vols), Hamburg 1986; Reprint Laibach Slovenia-Buch Nr. 03617-8; p.156-7.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 June 2007


Reederei Kipp

[Reederei Kipp] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Feb 2009

This tourist ship company is located in Breege, isle of Rügen and runs a line from Ralswiek via Breege to the isle of Hiddensee. It is a celestial blue flag divided by a white cross. In its centre is a white disc surmounted black with a black cross pattee superimposed by a white "K". For further information click company's webpage
Source: I spotted this flag on 3 January 2008 in Breege harbour.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Feb 2009


Klingenberg

[Klingenberg] 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. Klingenberg's flag is: white with broken capitals: green A, and black K.
Santiago Dotor, 6 Nov 2003


Knöhr & Burchard Nfl

[Knöhr & Burchard NR] image by Jorge Candeias, 2 May 2004

Another of the images I have in my files is a photo of a page of a book, looking a few decades old, that is full of flags that apperently are german houseflags, since the page is labelled "Rhederein". The flags are mostly blue and white. This is one of them: a white flag with a blue disc more or less in the center.
Jorge Candeias, 2 May 2004

That is Knöhr & Burchard Nfl, Hamburg - Source "See und Seefahrt", by Gustav-Adolf Wolter, 1968.
Jarig Bakker, 2 May 2004

It's the flag of one of the oldest German shipping companies: Knoehr & Burchard Nfl. GmbH, Hamburg. This company was founded in 1814 and still exists in Hamburg. They sent me an original tableflag some years ago. I could'nt find a homepage but they are in the Yellow Pages.
Jörg M. Karaschewski, 2 May 2004


Taucher Knoth

[Taucher Knoth] image by Eugene Ipavec, 20 Apr 2011

Taucher Knoth (Nachf.) GmbH & Co. KG, meaning essentially Successors to Knoth's Diving Enterprise, at Hamburg (Germany), maintain a modest website in German (English version not yet up): here
Offering much more than diving and underwater work, Knoth operates a small but impressive fleet of floating equipment, specialized vessels, pontoons,etc.: here
To get an idea, check out "Referenzen" (i.e. references, upper menu) where you will see said equipment at work in various situations. Happily, how to reach the company is not only explained for travel by car but also by ship, coming from Helgoland to finally reach Hamburg port where the flag is hoisted!
Shown in the cloth on the "Profil" page (i.e. profile, upper menu) is the bright orange house flag sporting blue, unserfied initials "TK"ť (second lower than first ) accompanied at right by the logo: a classic blue-and-white diving helmet above a blue diver's (frogman's) silhouette.
More pictures are here and here
Jan Mertens, 19 Apr 2011


Knudsen & Jordan

[Knudsen & Jordan] image by Jarig Bakker, 13 Nov 2003

Here is the website of Knudsen & Jordan GmbH - houseflag: white with a narrow flydiahonal line; at hoist blue K, at hoist blue J.
Dov Gutterman, 2 Nov 2003


Köhn & Bohlmann

[Köhn & Bohlmann] image by Jarig Bakker, 21 Sep 2005

Köhn & Bohlmann Reederei K.G., Hamburg - red over white flag; in center black "K&B".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 21 Sep 2005


Kohlen Handelsgesellschaft

[Kohlen Handelsgesellschaft houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Sep 2008

Kohlen Handelsgesellschaft GmbH, located in Flensburg.
It is a blue flag with a white roundel in its centre. In the roundel are a crossed black hammer and black mallet, the symbol of mining.
Source: [llo12] p.85, image no.1013
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Sep 2008


Koholyt

[Koholyt] image by Eugene Ipavec, 24 Mar 2008

?Kohlen-Import A.G.?, a German shipping company belonging to the Stinnes group, is mentioned here, plus a link provided by Valentin, starting page here.
Also mentioned in these pages is a ship named ?Koholyt? which in its turn points to yet another Stinnes firm!  It was established at Königsberg, the current Kaliningrad.  A short history is found here: "Koholyt AG" was established by Hugo Stinnes in 1920 by combining several German companies  (?) to form Koholyt AG. The name of company is formed as an abbreviation of the words Kohle, Holz and Elektrolyt. Koholyt AG was acquired by the Feldmühle, Papier- und Zellstoffwerke Aktiengesellschaft in 1930.?

"Kohl" means coal, "Holz" means wood and "Elektrolyt" means electrolyte.  A hybrid company name!
Not so the flag, which is another example of the Stinnes archivexillum: horizontally divided NWRN, a white diamond in the centre bearing black initials "K.A.G." above miner's hammers, also black. The diamond is exactly two stripes high, resting on the white and red ones.

This house flag is shown in the 1928 German Flaggenbuch, Part I, original & revisions: no. 185.
Massary album image (1930).

In the nineteen sixties a firm named "Koholyt Handels- und Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG" (i.e. Koholyt Trading and Shipping Co., Ltd) existed, apparently for the operation of a freight vessel bearing that historical name.
Jan Mertens, 17 Mar 2008


Kolb

[Kolb houseflag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 23 May 2006

The company website of Personenschiffahrt Gebr. Kolb, an inland touring shipping company, is here.
Established at Briedern on the River Mosel (Moselle), between Trier and Koblenz (quite near Cochem, in fact), Gebr. Kolb is a firm with a history.

Peter Kolb, son of a local ferryman, wanted to exploit a ferry service on that river starting 1921.  In those days the Mosel could be crossed on foot during the hot summer months so acquiring a harbour boat was not a good idea (it was sold) but a small motor launch did the trick.  Cochem, Beilstein and Briedern were linked.  1924 and 1937 saw the acquisition of supplementary vessels, the most recent one (depth only 50 cm) serving as a holiday outing boat for ?Kraft durch Freude? tourists.

The three vessels saw war service in the area, were severely damaged but repaired and used in ferrying bridge building materials in 1945.  As happened in other places in Europe, river transportation also served as temporary replacement for railways.   The French occupation forces impounded one vessel in 1946.  From 1950 on, Peter Kolb and his son Karl Michael tried to relaunch their firm.

When the Mosel was canalized between 1958 and 1964, the Kolb vessels were active as tugs; tourist boats had to be chartered but in the ?sixties, two of these were built especially.   The Kolb family grew, more ships were built and finally, in 1979, Karl Michael (died 1996) withdrew in favour of his children i.e. six sons and three daughters.  There was geographical expansion as well: an additional ship was bought in order to provide waterborne visits in and around Trier.

In 1999, the Cochem-based tourist vessel operator Rodulf Botsch GmbH was bought up. Nowadays the fleet counts sixteen vessels and a car ferry (chartered out).  According to the website, this makes Gebr. Kolb the largest private business of its kind in Germany.

It is not impossible to make out the house flag on some of the photos (?Galerie?) but the best image is the drawing seen right away when accessing the website.  Divided per saltire green (hoist, fly) and white (top, bottom), a black foul anchor is in the centre of the flag; little white disks bearing a black initial ?K? are placed on the green triangles.
Jan Mertens, 14 May 2006


Kölner Reederei

[Kölner Reederei houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2009

Kölner Reederei GmbH
The company was located in Hamburg. It is a white flag divided by a blue saltire, which is superimposed by the coat of arms of the city of Köln in the centre.
Source:  ?Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen?; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.25
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2009


Kompass Reederei

[Kompass Reederei] image by Jarig Bakker, 6 Oct 2005

Kompass Reederei G.m.b.H., Hamburg - white flag, a half blue circle, a compassrose, containing a blue 8-pointed star.
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 6 Oct 2005


Gerd Koppelmann

[Gerd Koppelmann] image by Jarig Bakker, 12 Oct 2005

Gerd Koppelmann, Wedel - blue flag, white three-masted sailing ship surmounted by white "GK", within red frame, within white frame.
(Wedel is a western suburb of Hamburg)
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 12 Oct 2005


Robert Köppen

[Robert Köppen] image by Jorge Candeias, 3 Dec 2004

Here's another flag that is totally clear in all its details, but not so in what concerns its caption. The flag is quite basic: white with black seriffed initials "R.K." along
the center. The caption seems to me to read something close to Rob Koppen, but I'm not sure of either word, despite the initials being quite obvious.
Jorge Candeias, 3 Dec 2004

It's 'Robert Köppen, Stettin' under No. 610 of the on-line 1912 Lloyds Flags & Funnels.
Jan Mertens, 3 Dec 2004


G. Krabbenhöft, Hamburg

[G. Krassenhoft, Hamburg] image by Ivan Sache, 1 Feb 2004

Following the link found by Joe Mc Millan - The Mystic Seaport Foundation, we can reach the 1911 Lloyd's flagbook, whose full title is (after the scan of the cover): 'Lloyd's book of house flags and funnels of the principal steamship lines of the world and the house flags of various lines of sailing vessels', published at Lloyd's Royal Exchange. London. E.C.
On p. 134, we have: #2046. G. Krassenhoft, Hamburg. The flag is white with a blue saltire, charged in the middle with a red K in a blue ring.
Ivan Sache, 1 Feb 2004

The correct name is Krabbenhöft, formerly Krabbenhöft und Bock. I saw a flag-image like depicted on FOTW in: MEYER: "Hamburgs Segelschiffe 1795-1945".
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Mar 2007

Carl Chr. Dietrich Krabbenhöft was confidential clerk in the company of Hans Heinrich Schmidt  and started an independent enterprise in 1910. Captain Bock became his partner in 1914 and since then the company had the above name. In 1926 the shipping company was given up but the company continued as ship supplier til the end of WWII.
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; p.209ff.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Mar 2007


Krey Schiffahrts GmbH

[Krey Schiffahrt] image by Jarig Bakker, 13 Nov 2003

Here is the website of Krey Schiffahrts GmbH - houseflag: horizontal black - red - blue with a white (what?) charged with black KS.
The Krey Schiffahrts GmbH, was founded by Mr. Georg Krey in the beginning of 1990 in Leer / Ostfriesland, The Company is presently managing a total number of 11 seagoing vessels in the worldwide trade with a number of 12 employees. The fleet does consist of Bulker Units between 3.000 and 12.000 tdw (geared and gearless), Containervessels up to 510 TEU, Tweendecker and Heavy Lift vessels with up to 2 x 120 to gear.

Recently last year, Krey Schiffahrts GmbH separated from Phoenix Reederei GmbH, a company which was partly owned by Mr. Krey. Krey Schiffahrts GmbH is now situated in a separate office also located in Leer, Germany. Krey Schiffahrts GmbH and Phoenix Reederei GmbH have managed in the past a number of 40 vessels in total with a number of around 40 employees.

The last 15 years, Krey Schiffahrts GmbH has projected, contracted and built a number of about 40 newbuildings at Shipyards in Turkey, China, Spain, Slovakia, Poland and the Netherlands. Further Newbuildings (12.000 tdw MPC Vessels) are contracted with deliveries starting in 2006.
Dov Gutterman, 2 Nov 2003


Krieger-Gruppe

[Krieger-Gruppe] image by Eugene Ipavec, 24 Aug 2008

Despite its name, Heinrich Krieger KG in Neckarsteinach is peacefully occupied.  According to the company website Krieger is 110 years old and successfully concentrates on the production of raw materials for construction such as sand and gravel, concrete, flags (meaning stones?), garden statues etc. In order to secure a steady supply of raw materials, the firm has had an inland fleet of its own since 1891 and has established warehouses alongside the Rhein and Neckar rivers.

The house flag appears on ? and disappears from ? the home site but I have managed to capture and enlarge its little brother: Divided per saltire blue (upper and lower triangles) and yellow (left and right triangles), there is a small white disk in the centre bearing a blue initial ?K?. See the flag in action on a barge, here.
Jan Mertens, 20 Mar 2006

The company site does not do the flag justice. The photos I saw then were simply not detailed enough.
See this forum page for the real item (neat barges, good flag usage). As you can see, the white disk has a black border and the initial ?K? is black, not blue.
On the same forum, ?Helmut? says (28 Jun 2008) that four ships are now operated by ?Georg Krieger? (independent) but continue to fly the house flag.
Note: 'Friedrich Krieger' flies a completely different house flag.
Jan Mertens, 24 Aug 2008


Reederei Kapt.Heinr. Krohn

[Reederei Kapt.Heinr. Krohn houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2009

Reederei Kapt.Heinr. Krohn GmbH
The company was located in Lübeck-Travemünde. It is a yellow over white over yellow horizontal triband with ratio 1:2:1. In the white stripe is a yellow 6-point star shifted to the hoist.
Source:  ?Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen?; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.33
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2009

[Reederei Kapt.Heinr. Krohn other flag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Apr 2009

flag #2
The 6-point star is in the centre and fimbriated black.
Source: "Flaggen, Schornsteine, Reedereien- Flaggen und Schornsteine der deutschen Reedereien und ihre Schiffe über 300 BRT"; Hamburg 1957; p.F22
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Apr 2009


Hans Krüger

[Hans Krüger houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2009

Hans Krüger Gmbh
The company was located in Hamburg. It is a dark blue over white over dark blue horizontal triband with dark blue capitals ?HK? in the middle of the white stripe.
Source:  ?Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen?; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.25
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2009


Julius Krümling

[Julius Krümling houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Apr 2009

Julius Krümling
The company was located in Hamburg and had inland shipping lines to major German inland shipping ports. The flag was divided by a white saltire into red (hoist and fly) and black (top and bottom).
Source: Carsten PRANGE: ?Auf zur Reise durch Hamburgs Geschichte ? A Journey through Hamburg?s history?, Hamburg 1990, ISBN 3-920384-35-0; p. 232.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Apr 2009


Krupp, Essen

[Krupp, Essen] image by Jarig Bakker, 21 Jan 2005

F. Krupp, Essen, triband RWR, proportioned c. 1:5:1; on white three intertwined black circles. This is of course the big steel firm.
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

The earliest flag known is the quartered black and white version shown by António as "Krupp earlier flag" being shown by Lloyds 1882 who give it as being for F. Krupp of London and Essen. Their version does show a larger oval [see image 1 below] which I would think to be more likely than the smaller oval shown by Griffin which appears in their 1883 and 1895 editions [I have not come across an 1891 edition but the references of  No. 543 on P21 equate to the 1895 edition which is given as being the 3rd edition with a supplementary index of 175 additional flags suggesting that it may well be a reprint plus additions of 1891].
The Reed 1891 edition also shows the quartered flag although it has the initials reversed as "KF" instead of "FK" and lists it under Krupp Bros. [see image 2 below]. An error I would imagine.

The black flag with white saltire etc shown by António as the "Krupp earliest flag" thus becomes "the second flag" and is shown by Reed 1901. Possibly the change resulted from the change in control with Alfred Krupp dying in 1887 being succeeded by his son Friedrich Alfred. It is also shown in Lloyds 1904 and like the 1912 edition ascrtibes to Krupp'sche Spedition and Rhererei of Rotterdam [the showing of Rhederi in the 1912 edition is offset by Rhederei in the index]. The online Krupp histories do not have much to say about their shipping interest and they were obviously only a minor part but it seems logical they would at some stage find it more convenient to handle their own shipping and mention is made of opening up and acquiring shipping in the Netherlands. This flag is also shown by the Massary Cigarette card collection of 1930 but that is probably sourced from something like Lloyds 1912.

The red-white-red with 3 black interlocking rings shown by Jarig being sourced from Brown 1926 shows that it was well in use pre 1930. It is also shown by The Lloyd Reedereiflaggen cigarette cards of 1933 who made a lot of use of Brown 1926 [it is shown here for Friedrich Krupp A.G and K.-R., Fried. Krupp's Reederij en Transportbedrijf of Rotterdam]. After this it is not mentioned until post WW2 with Krupp Seeschiffahrt GmbH being formed c.1957 with the flag being shown by US Navy 1961and finally by Brown 1995. In 2001 Bergesen d.y. ASA took a 51% holding and in 2002 the name of  Krupp Seeschiffahrt GmbH was changed to Neu Seeschiffahrt GmbH. The main part of Krupp had by then [1999] been merged in ThyssenKrupp A.G.
Neale Rosanoski, 11 Dec 2009


Krupp earlier flags

[Krupp earlier flags]<>[Krupp earlier flags] images by Eugene Ipavec, 15 Dec 2009, after images sent by Neale Rosanoski, 11 Dec 2009

Krupp earlier flag

[Krupp earliest flag] image by António Martins, 18 Feb 2007

Image after ?Houseflags in 12 postcards (12th part)?.
António Martins, 18 Feb 2007

...Meaning the saltire flag, already present in the on-line 1912 Lloyds Flags & Funnels: No. 370 (three circles on funnel) 'Krupp'sche Spedition und Rheder(e) i, Rotterdam (Fried. Krupp A.G., Essen, Ruhr)' i.e. 'Krupp's Forwarding and Shipping [Company]...' where the Dutch connection implies traffic on the Rhine.
So: flag divided per saltire recorded in 1891, saltire proper in 1912 - dates of adoption not known yet.


Krupp earliest flag

[Krupp earlier flag] image by António Martins, 1 Aug 2008
Jan Mertens, 2 Apr 2008

There is an even earlier version in Griffin?s ?Flags national and mercantile? of 1891 [gfi83].
With my thanks to Ian and Marcus, see no. 543 on p. 21: divided per saltire, black (upper and lower parts) and white (left and right), a small red oval in the centre bearing white initials ?FK? standing for Fried[rich] Krupp, Essen.
This older ? or oldest ? version uses the German national colours of that period and shows a certain relationship to its successor (see António?s message ?Houseflags in 12 postcards (12th part)? of 18 Feb 2007).
Jan Mertens, 1 Apr 2008


W. Kunstmann

[W. Kunstmann houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Sep 2008

W. Kunstmann, located in Stettin.
It is a blue flag with a white rhomb in its centre, containing a red capital ?K?.
Source: [llo12] p.113, image no.1603
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Sep 2008


Küstentransport und Bergungs AG

[Küstentransport und Bergungs AG] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Mar 2007

Küstentransport und Bergungs AG - The company was established in 1922 from the Jungclaus & Bonnes KG. It was dissolved in 1927.
The company used a green flag with a white 6-point star in its centre. In the centre of the star was an black inscription "K&B" over "A-G".
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999;  p.240-241.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Mar 2007


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