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by Jarig Bakker, 9 Nov 2003
adopted 19 Oct 1982; Design: Anton Jansen
Hoek van Holland (nook of Holland) is part of the city of Rotterdam,
and now even a part-municipality of the municipality of Rotterdam. It was
a port in the shipping line of Harwich - Hoek van Holland, used by millions
of continentals to travel to Great Britain. This
webpage (bottom) shows the old flag and Coat of Arms of the part-municipality
(looks familiar) and the new flag: a Logo On Bedsheet.
Jarig Bakker, 20 Mar 2005
Hoek van Holland is a village and "deelgemeente"(part-municipality)
in the municipality of Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, from where the boat to
Harwich (UK) sails, though now less important than before the Chunnel.
On 19 Oct 1982 a flag was adopted: five horizontal stripes, proportioned 1:1:2:1:1 - green - yellow - white - yellow - green; in the center of the white stripes a black eight-spoked steering wheel. Design: Anton Jansen.
In the 1950's the ward-council of Hoek van Holland introduced a Coat of Arms, in which one sees the Northsea with the steering wheel for seashipping, a pale for the "Nieuwe Waterweg" (the canal from Rotterdam to Hoek van Holland), and green and yellow for dunes and beach and the meadow-countryside behind it. It has also a small canton with a black Dutch lion.
This Coat of Arms served as base for Mr. Jansen's design, which had to connect to the Rotterdam-connection. The white stripe represents the sea and the Nieuwe Waterweg. The yellow and green symbolize the dunes and the land behind it. The 8-spoked steering wheel was adopted to reinforce Hoek van Holland's relationship with shipping and the sea.
Source: Vexilla Nostra # 129, Nov-Dec 1983.
Jarig Bakker, 9 Nov 2003