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J. Jost (German Shipping Company)

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[J. Jost - variant] image by Jarig Bakker, 10 Feb 2005 See also:


Reederei  J. Jost - Hans Peter Jost was a merchant in shipping business. After having bought a ship he founded his own company in Flensburg in 1874. He died in 1887 and his brother, captain Jens Jost, became head of the company. 1903 he chose his son-in-law, captain Jörgen Brink as his partner. In 1908 Jens Jost died, aged 82 years. The company was renamed: J.Jost (owner capt. Jörgen Brink). But also capt. Brink died a few years later, in 1911, after having well ordered his company. Jenny Brink, his widow, handed out the management of the company to Hans Wölffel, a former employee. After the end of WW1 the company could keep a few ships. Jost's elder son died in war, and his younger son Otto Jost, after having learned his fathers business, entered the company, aged 20. The ships were used for cruises across the North Sea and Baltic Sea. The economic crisis of 1923 heavily struck the company.
When WW2 broke out in 1939 the ships were confiscated by German navy and they all got lost till the end of war. Meanwhile Otto Brink had overtaken the company completely and quickly began to rebuild it, a real hard job. He established a ship broker company and agency and made Kurt Wölffel, son of former general manager Hans Wölffel, his partner.
In 1950 Brink established the Bremer Schiffahrtskontor Brink & Co, located naturally in Bremen, using at first second hand ships, later a few new built ships. Meanwhile Brink & Wölffel in Flensburg maintained the cargo service for the new worldwide operating company. The new branch was renamed as: Brink & Wölffel, located in Flensburg. The company also was corresponding ship owner in service of the companies Amisia and "HERA" Schiffahrts- und Transportgesellschaft mbH, both having only one ship each since 1951.
In 1952 Jürgen Brink, Otto's only son, entered the company, located in Flensburg, after having been educated and prepared thoroughly for his new job. Meanwhile his father led the company in Bremen.
In 1954 Kurt Wölffel died surprisingly, after having been operated in hospital.
In 1961 the Bremer Schiffahrtskontor<7i> was closed and the company in Flensburg overtook all its activities.
In 1969 Jürgen Brink committed suicide and his father Otto, meanwhile aged 70 had to face the new situation of not having any heir. In 1970 he established an alliance with the Norwegian ship owner Atle Jebsen. In 1971 the shipping branch was outsourced reorganized as J.Jost GmbH. The Norwegian company Kristian Jebsen became its partner. The company was transferred to Hamburg in 1972 and Otto Brink sold his shares to Kristian Jebsen, the company renamed again as: Jebsen Hamburg- J. Jost and later (1974) as Jebsen Hamburg-Kristian Jebsen.
The company was completely moved to Hamburg in 1975. One year later Otto Brink died.
Later the company was overtaken and renamed again as: Christian Jürgensen und Brink & Wölffel & Co, located in Flensburg until today.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Apr 2009

J. Jost - main flag

J. Jost, Flensburg - blue flag; in top and bottom two white wedges meeting in center.
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels of British and Foreign Steamship Companies, compiled by F.J.N. Wedge, Glasgow, 1926 [wed26]
Jarig Bakker, 10 Feb 2005

It is a blue flag with two isosceles white triangles, forming an hour-glasss. This flag was kept and survived every renaming of the company.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Apr 2009

J. Jost - variant

[J. Jost, Flensburg] image by Jorge Candeias, 2 May 2004

The flag is blue with a device in the center composed of two white triangles facing each other.
Source: "See und Seefahrt", by Gustav-Adolf Wolter, 1968
Jorge Candeias and Jarig Bakker, 2 May 2004

Description of flag of Bremer Schiffahrtskontor Brink & Wölffel:
Nearly the same as the one of J.Jost, but the hour-glass is touching the upper and lower edge of the flag.
Source:"Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen", 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.13
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Apr 2009

E. Jost

[] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Aug 2019

The company was based in Flensburg. The flag was blue, parted by two isosceles trapeziums, connected by their short parallels. The same flag five years later is referred to J. Jost, running two freighters in the North Sea and the baltic sea and for sails on demand.
Sources: Massary 1928, series 1, image no.218 and Lloyd 1933, p. 11 image no. 60
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Aug 2019

Kristian Jebsen

[Kristian Jebsen] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Apr 2009

It is a blue flag vertically divided by a white dancetty line, containing a black inscription "K" over "J", both letters having a backslashy bar in common.
Source:; based on a photo of a table flag of Klaus-Peter Bühne
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Apr 2009

Christian Jürgensen

[Christian Jürgensen] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Apr 2009

Description of flag of Christian Jürgensen: The flag is vertically divided into yellow(like corn) and blue, having a blue "C" in the yellow field and a yellow "J" in the blue one.
Source:; based on a photo of a table flag of Klaus-Peter Bühne.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Apr 2009


[?HERA?] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Apr 2009

Description of flag of "HERA" Schiffahrts- und Transportgesellschaft mbH: It is a yellow over red over white horizontal tricolour with a whiteinscription "HERA" in the middle of the red stripe.
Source: "Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen", 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.13
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 28 Apr 2009

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