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Railship

[Railship] image by Jarig Bakker, 17 Jan 2006

Railship G.m.b.H., Lübeck - orange flag, in center two horizontal black stripes, interrupted by orange field charged with a cartwheel, a ship's stem and a horizontal wave, all black.
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 17 Jan 2006


Reederei Rasche

[Reederei Rasche] image by Ivan Sache, 7 Sep 2008

"Reederei Rasche" was founded in 1946 by Emile Mersserschmidt, who revamped an old boat from the German Army and renamed it "Heidi". The company serves the ports of Born, Fuhlendorf and Prerow, located in Western Pomerania, north-west of Stralsund, in the Fischland-Darß-Zingst paeninsula . The paeninsula is separated from mainland by an inland sea arms called Bodden. Until the 1960s, there were only few roads linking the paeninsula to mainland and boat was the main way of transportation in the region. Later on, the region, especially Prerow, became a tourists' hotspot. It is now part of the "Vorpommersche Boddenlandschaft" national park.

The house flag of "Reederei Rasche" is quartered per saltire red-white, with a blue "R" in the middle. Shown as a graphic all over the company website, the flag can be seen on  a photograph of the modern MS "Heidi". There is another flag hoisted over the boat, horizontally divided blue-white with a coat of arms in the middle.
Ivan Sache, 7 Sep 2008


Reederei und Transportgesellschaft

[Reederei und Transportgesellschaft] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 31 Mar 2009

Reederei und Transportgesellschaft mbH
The company was located in Hamburg. It is a red over green over red horizontal tribend with white fimbriations between the stripes and white capital “RTG” in the middle of the green stripe.
Source:  “Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen”; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.34.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 31 Mar 2009


Carsten Rehder

[Carsten Rehder]image by Jarig Bakker, 11 Sep 2005

Carsten Rehder G.m.b.H. & Co., Hamburg - white flag with two narrow red horizontal stripes; in center black diamond, white "CR".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 11 Sep 2005


F. J. Reimers

[F. J. Reimers] image by Jorge Candeias, 19 May 2004

This flag is white with a red disc in the center, charged with an inverted, white, 5-pointed star. But the big novelty is that the caption is quite readable for a change: "F. J. Reimers".
Jorge Candeias, 19 May 2004


F.G. Reinhold

[F.G. Reinhold] image by Jorge Candeias, 2 Jan 2005

This flag is clear: 7 stripes of red (4) and white (3) with a very large black S in the center. The caption is not entirely clear, though. There are two initials to begin, an F and a G, and then a word that seems to me to read Reinholz OSLT. If so, then there's a puzzle: where did the S come from?
Jorge Candeias, 2 Jan 2005

No idea about the 'S'... but it's 'F.G. Reinhold, Danzig' under No. 898 in the on-line 1912 Lloyds Flags & Funnels. At some point in time, they moved to Hamburg.
Jan Mertens, 2 Jan 2005

My grandfather, Hans-Günther Siedler, was the last owner of the company. The letter S stands for the initial of our family name Siedler. F. G. Rheinhold has been in possession of the Siedler family for many decades and was indeed located in Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland). Its main home market was the Baltic Sea.
Due to the approaching Soviet army, my  grandfather moved his family and what was left of the company first to Lübeck and then to Hamburg, Germany. The company was finally dissolved in the 1960s, as many of the established commercial relations had been severed due to the Second World and Cold Wars.
Wolf Siedler, 25 Jan 2009


Research Shipping

[Research Shipping GmbH (Shipping Company, Germany)] image by Jorge Candeias, 22 Mar 1999

Research Shipping GmbH - White with a logo centered. The logo is composed of the letters 'R' and 'S', interconnected, and in red and blue, respectively, over a short blue wavy stripe.
Jorge Candeias, 22 Mar 1999


Rhederei-Actien-Gesellschaft von 1896

[Rhederei-Actien-Gesellschaft von 1896] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Mar 2007

Rhederei-Actien-Gesellschaft von 1896 - The company was established by the ship brokers Axel Dahlström und Willy Dahlström. It was a small company since 1906 when all the ships of B.Wencke Söhne were bought. The company's last sailing ship was confiscated by US government in 1917. The company existed until 1927 as a shipping company only having steamers.
The company used a quarterly divided flag white, red, red and white. In its centre was a white black edged ellipse with black numerals "1896" inside.
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; p.170ff.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Mar 2007


Rhederei-Vereinigung

[Rhederei-Vereinigung] image by Ivan Sache, 30 Mar 2008

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of "Rhederei-Vereinigung GmbH" (#140, p. 43), a company based in Hamburg, as red with a green saltire.
Ivan Sache, 30 Mar 2008


Rhein-Fracht

[Rhein-Fracht] image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 Mar 2006

I encountered the striking house flag of Mannheim-based Rhein-Fracht GmbH ('Rhinefreight') on this page: Made up of seven black and yellow horizontal stripes (four black and three yellow), the flag also contains a yellow canton with a descending red diagonal.

The black and yellow colours seem to recall Württemberg, the red diagonal on yellow certainly represents Baden. See it in action here, tiny but recognizable - i.e. entry of Wed. 20 July 2005, three photos of barges named ‘Ventura’ and/or ‘Nautilus’, about 3/4 down the page.

Details on the company can be found here: VTG Lehnkering Reederei took over Rhein-Fracht in 1999, thereby strengthening its position as a chemical and petrochemical tanker company. Forty barges joined the fleet, not counting long-standing relationships with privately operated barges.
More takeovers are reported here.
In 1999 about 80% of the VTG Lehnkering shares had just been bought by Hapag-Lloyd at the moment of the Rhein-Fracht takeover.  In 2002, this became 100% only to be bought up – again, and all of it – by Compagnie Européenne de Wagons S. A. at Luxembourg in 2005.

What I have not found out is when Rhein-Fracht was founded. Also it would be nice to have confirmation of the reasons for the flag design.
Jan Mertens, 24 Mar 2006


Rhein-Lloyd

‘Rhein-Lloyd GmbH’ at Mannheim is the fourth seven-stripe example of the ‘Lloyd Seeschiffahrt’ basic flag model (archivexillum) shown in ‘Flaggen auf dem Rhein’ (1952 ed.).
It is also that of Rhein-Fracht, already present on FOTW-ws.
This time, the canton certainly represents Baden. The flag in action on tanker ‘Kalmit’ (Binnenvaart site), colour photo by Teun de Wit. The exact connection between Rhein-Fracht (apparently still going strong) and Rhein-Lloyd (founded when?) is still unknown to me but the flag is, of course, the same.  Let us for the moment assume that ‘Fracht’ succeeded ‘Lloyd’ for legal or commercial reasons.
Unfortunately the Lehnkering and VTG site links (no. 3 and 4 of Rhein-Fracht article) brought in as “evidence” are now dead and the second link “See it in action here…” is no longer relevant.  The first link (Vlootschouw) however is still active.
Some information is found on 2003 Verdi (German union) pdf file, p. 19: Small inland shipping company Rhein-Fracht, operating six chemical tankers, was taken over by Lehnkering Reederei (at that period owned by VTG-Lehnkering, owned by Hapag Lloyd, largely owned by Preussag!) in 1999.   The next year Rhein-Fracht “de-flagged” shipping personnel to Protrans (LU, half of it owned by Lehnkering) for fiscal purposes.  The vessels were put under a bare boat charter, also through Protrans.
Jan Mertens, 2 Sep 2008

Lloyd AG; Basel and its daughters
The basic colour of all flags was yellow, superimposed by four or five black stripes.
Rhein-Lloyd GmbH; Mannheim
Was founded by Lloyd AG, Basel as a German daughter, probably in 1935.
Klaus-Peter Bühne; translated by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Mar 2009


Rheinischer Lloyd

[Rheinischer Lloyd] image by Eugene Ipavec, 30 Aug 2008

I do not know whether the 'Rheinischer Lloyd' (Duisburg-Ruhrort), as found in ‘Flaggen auf dem Rhein’ (1952 ed.) has anything to do with its current namesake at Duisburg (DE) using as second name ‘Ernst Peter Schwarzlose Reederei- und Transportges. mbH’.
This “Rhenish Lloyd” (as of 1952) also flew a house flag in the ‘Lloyd Seeschiffahrt’ pattern: seven black and yellow horizontal stripes with a local emblem in the canton (archivexillum).
See image: the local element, rendered rather roughly, shows part of the Duisburg municipal arms in white outline on a red field, four stripes high.
Consult Ralf Hartemink’s site for these arms – either the 1952 picture is incomplete, or only the “characteristic” part, the castle (in a rendering with perspective) was used in the canton:
I could not find any interesting photo or relevant information. (To complicate matters, a “family member”, ‘Rhein-Lloyd’, is at that period of time active at Mannheim under a similar flag.)
Jan Mertens, 30 Aug 2008

Lloyd AG; Basel and its daughters
The basic colour of all flags was yellow, superimposed by four or five black stripes.
Rheinischer Lloyd GmbH; Duisburg-Ruhrort
Was founded later by Rhein-Lloyd Gmbh; Mannheim as a local branch company.
Klaus-Peter Bühne; translated by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 27 Mar 2009


Rheinkies-Baggerei Wesel

[Rheinkies-Baggerei Wesel] image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 Mar 2006

A simple flag for a firm with a very long name – see this website (German only): ‘Rheinkies-Baggerei Wesel Dr. Wolfgang Boettger GmbH & Co KG’ meaning “Rhine Gravel Dredging Co. Wesel (etc.)" Wesel being a town on the Rhine/Lippe confluence (West of the Ruhr industrial area) and Boettger being the name of the family currently owning the firm.
Founded in 1919 as ‘Kiesmutung GmbH’ to be renamed shortly afterwards ‘Kies-Gesellschaft mbH’ as a riverine gravel dredging company (Rhine, Lippe) using advanced equipment.  In 1926 a blue flag bearing a white ‘K’ was adopted.  Several owners were succeeded 1943 by Dr Wolfgang Boettger who died in 1981, leaving the firm to his family.

Inland vessels and lorries bring sand, gravel, and related products to the Rhine region and the Netherlands.  From 1975 on river dredging was abandoned to the advantage of mining without, however, dropping waterway transportation.  (I do not know if Rheinkies actually owned ships or preferred working through private shipowers.). The ‘Renovation’ section (‘Restaurierung’, left menu) explains how the emptied sand and gravel mining areas are treated afterwards, see also ‘Referenzen’ (i.e. references) showing newly created ponds or lakes and even winter quarters for bats!   Hence the written sentence accompanying the flag image “We create nature preservation areas.”

I found the flagimage on German eBay: this was offer no. 160175883122 (end 9 Nov 2007) put up by “maiti35”.  Dark blue field, white initial 'K' without serifs.
Jan Mertens, 10 Sep 2008


Rhein-Ruhr-Hafen

[Rhein-Ruhr-Hafen] image by Jorge Candeias, 14 Jun 2007

Offered and identified by a specialized source, MarCollect, another item was recently on view on German eBay: Rhein Ruhr Hafen (i.e. port), Duisburg.
This one preceded duisport - introduced in 2000 - and was termed, humourously, a “late historic” product (offer no. 160102554054, end 12 April 2007).
It shows a white table flag bearing a blue logo (two tones of blue, actually) resembling a lowercase initial ‘r’ (vivid blue or even turquoise) turning upwards and changing into an arrow of five stems (dark blue).
Jan Mertens, 24 Apr 2007


Rhein- & Seeschiffahrtsgesellschaft

[Rhein- & Seeschiffahrtsgesellschaft] image by Ivan Sache, 27 Apr 2008

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of "Rhein- & Seeschiffahrtsgesellschaft" (#319, p. 52), a company based in Cologne, as
blue with a white "W" in the middle.

The company was mentioned with two other in the Brockhaus' Konversationslexicon (1894-1896), entry "Köln" (Cologne). The Prussian state took shares in the company in 1912.
The house flag of the company can be seen, hoisted over the ship "Energie", on a painting by R. Wahl dated 1887, kept in the Municipal Museum "Warleberger Hof", Kiel.
Ivan Sache, 27 Apr 2008


Rheintrans

[Rheintrans houseflag] image sent by Jan Mertens, 8 Apr 2006

‘Rheintrans Reederei, Transport und Speditions-GmbH & Co. KG’ at Duisburg has an impressive name for an inland shipping company. It was founded in 1959 and has a beautiful house flag. See the company site. In all, these pages are rather more dedicated to the advantages of barges above trucks, the evolution of order transmission from river agencies (loudhailers!) over radio to mobile phone, and a list of satisfied customers thanks to delivering an array of goods ranging from scrap metal to porcelain.

The company flag rather resembles a municipal or county flag. Divided by a white cross throughout and having red above blue corners in the hoist, counterchanged in the fly; in the centre is placed  a white shield bearing a red lion, rampant and double-tailed, with yellow tongue and bearing a yellow crown.

“Limburg” is what I think when seeing that lion but at the moment I do not know more about its meaning.  There is a ‘Rheintrans BV’ at Rotterdam, Netherlands, but which is the main firm and which the subsidiary?
Jan Mertens, 8 Apr 2006


Rheinunion Transport

[Rheinunion Transport] image by Jarig Bakker, 21 Aug 2006

Nothing to do with that Napoleonic creation, the Confederation of the Rhine; rather, Rheinunion is one more German inland navigation firm now become history.
A simple house flag shows four slanting lines meeting in the flag’s centre to form a cross shape, yellow on black.
The Dutch Binnenvaart site features some barges used by this company, in full ‘Rheinunion Transport GmbH’ based at Mannheim, see for instance the ‘Citerna 50’ (flag shown on page).
Piecing together this firm’s history is difficult, but there are some traces on the net: here and here. The oldest Rheinunion vessel mentioned on Binnenvaart was launched in 1942; the firm operated typical bulk boats but also tankers and a bunkering boat; moreover there were a number of owned loading quays in Duisburg, Cologne, Mainz, etc.  In 1975 Rheinunion was taken over by a major player, Rhenania.
Jan Mertens, 21 Aug 2006


Rhenania Shipping Corp

[Rhenania Shipping Corp] image by Jarig Bakker, 22 Feb 2006

Rhenania Shipping Corp, Lübeck - blue flag, white "R".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 22 Feb 2006


Ernst Rickertsen & Co

[Ernst Rickertsen & Co] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2009

Ernst Rickertsen & Co GmbH
The company was located in Hamburg. The flag is divided by saltire into red and black. In the centre is a white disc with a black capital “R”.
Source:  “Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen”; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.35
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2009


Hans Rinck

[Hans Rinck Brennstoffe] image by Eugene Ipavec, 4 Jun 2006

Hans Rinck Brennstoffe (“fuels”) OHG is a bunkering service located at Horneburg, not far from the left bank of the Elbe, opposite Hamburg in Germany.  Link to the company website (in English): Providing mineral oil of various kinds to shipowners for more than twenty years now, Hans Rinck has the necessary storage tanks and a fleet of trucks plus three seagoing vessels.  Other tanker vessels are under contract.

As the Rinck family name is prominent among the employees, I suppose this is still a family business of which Hans Rinck would then have been the founder and first owner.  There also exists a Hans Rinck Tankschiff (“tankship”) GmbH at Horneburg.

The house flag is remarkable: white with a blue silhouette of an ascending worker carrying a load.  No photos with flag found yet I’m afraid.
Jan Mertens, 30 Apr 2006


RMKS

[RMKS hausflag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 4 Jun 2006

‘Rhein Main Kies und Splitt GmbH & Co. KG’ (i.e. Rhine Main Gravel and Crushed Stone…) is established at Wesel on the River Rhine and related to ‘RMKS Schiffahrt, Spedition und Handel GmbH (i.e. RMKS Shipping, Forwarding and Trade…).
Modest website (German only), showing a flagoid we may assume is the house flag: founded in 1963 and currently employing 26, RMKS is active in extracting sand, gravel, and crushed stone which are important building material.  As the extracting sites empty they are landscaped with respect for the environment (although ecologists have their doubts).
Additional source.
 Image based on a table flag – standing in for a possible house flag (as RMKS has a separate shipping division): I have not yet found any photos of vessels flying it.  Blue field bearing large white initials ‘RMKS’ without serifs.
Source: German eBay offer no. 160181252406 (end 23 Nov 2007) put up by “maiti35”.
Jan Mertens, 29 Dec 2008


Rochling Menzell

[Rochling Menzell] image by Jarig Bakker, 7 Feb 2005

Rochling Menzell, Hamburg - blue flag; white triangle, black "R" with a hammer (?) on top.
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 7 Feb 2005


Roland Linie

[Roland Linie] image by Jarig Bakker, 9 May 2004

Roland Linie, Bremen. White flag, a key and "RL:, all red.
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 9 May 2004


Berend Roosen

[Berend Roosen] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Mar 2007

Berend Roosen - The company flag is an inverted flag of the City of Hamburg. In the centre of a white flag is a red Hamburg-gate.
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; inside cover.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 23 Mar 2007


Rostocker Fischfang-Reederei

[Rostocker Fischfang-Reederei] image by Eugene Ipavec, 18 Mar 2009

This set of initials makes house flaggers think of GDR fisheries…  There is a connection, indeed. Please look up DFK on FOTW-ws first: dedicated to VEB Deutsches Fischkombinat 1950-1989. This page shows a DFK post-GDR successor: namely the last one on the second row, subtitled “1990”.  Clicking on the flag reveals a larger image captioned (in translation) “shipping company flag of DFK Rostock successor” (above) and “Rostocker Fischfang-Reederei GmbH’ (i.e. Rostock Fishery Shipping Co., below).
We again see the archivexillum or white flag with the ascending and descending diagonals – the former one in front of the latter – and without the GDR emblem which led people – me included - to believe the diagonals were in fact parts of a saltire.
Black initials spell out the new company name: ‘R’ (hoist), ‘F’ (top), ‘F’ (fly), and ‘R’ (bottom). To obtain symmetry the word “Fischfang” was artificially split.
The company was founded on 15 Nov 1990 and – if I am not mistaken – transformed into the ‘Mecklenburger Hochseefisherei’ (i.e. Mecklenburg High Seas Fishery; 1993) which was in its turn bought by Parlevliet & Van der Plas (NL), 1998.
Jan Mertens, 17 Mar 2009


K.G. Reederei Roth

[K.G. Reederei Roth] image by Jarig Bakker, 23 Oct 2005

K.G. Reederei Roth, G.m.b.H. & Co., Hamburg - blue flag, white cross, in center white diamond, red "R".
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


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