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House Flags of German Shipping Companies (st)

Deutsche Reedereiflaggen (st)

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[Germany] 3:5 image by António Martins-Tuválkin
Other "ST" companies: See also:

ST Speicherei-Transport

[ST Speicherei-Transport] image by Eugene Ipavec, 28 Jun 2006

Speicher in German means, among other things, ? "warehouse" so this firm's name is easy to understand "Warehousing and Transport". Company website, showing the striking house flag.
As explained in the introduction, ST was founded in 1998 by business partners H. Weiss and M. Lensing, well experienced in inland navigation. Private bargemen, under contract or not, are responsible for the actual shipping.  Business seat is Duisburg.
Typical bulk goods are transported ? we know them well by now: sand, gravel, wheat, coal, ore, etc.  Then, other loads are accepted such as heavy machinery, steel, various constructions. ST notes that gas or mineral oils are not shipped.  The firm does organize road transport to and from waterways.

The ?Schiffsraum? section presents a number of barges (photos are clickable - still rather tiny) some of which show the house flag such as the ANTIDA or the PAUL DELVAUX.

The flag is: Divided per saltire with upper and lower parts yellow, and hoist and fly parts black, the flag has a yellow diamond in the centre (rendered visible thanks to black holding lines) bearing black serifless initials "ST".  The diamond's horizontal axis is longer than the vertical one.

For a picture, see here. If there are holding lines defining the diamond, I at least do not see them.
Jan Mertens, 16 Jun 2006

Stader Dampfer

[Stader Dampfer] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2012

It is a blue flag with a white, sinister bendy key bearded downwards. The flag shows the lesser arms of the city of Stade with the key in different position.
Source: Gratis Beilage zu Deicken und Behrmann's Neuen Monatsheften Neue Ausgabe Sommer 1897
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2012

Reederei Jürgen Stahmer

[Reederei Jürgen Stahmer] image by , Reederei Jürgen Stahmer

The company is located in Jork (Stade county). In the centre of the white flag is a logo a red initial "S" fimbriated blue clung to a blue upright anchor ("J" is part of the anchor).
Source: Verband Deutscher Reeder homepage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Jul 2012

Louis Stechmann

[Louis Stechmann] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Jun 2012

It was a green flag. In the centre was a white upright anchor with rope flanked by white initials "L" (hoist) and "S" (fly).
Source: Flaggenkarte, Hrsg.: H. Carly, Hamburg, c.1898
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Jun 2012

R. Stein

[R. Stein (shipping co; Germany)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2009

The company was located in Hamburg. It is a white over red horizontal bicolour with a black capital "S" superimposed in the centre.
Source: "Flaggen, Schornsteine, Reedereien- Flaggen und Schornsteine der deutschen Reedereien und ihre Schiffe über 300 BRT"; Hamburg 1957; p.F27
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2009

Stelter Dampfer

[Stelter Dampfer] image by Jorge Candeias, 2 May 2004

This one is blue with a somewhat schematic white key, upright. There is a similar flag, that of "Reedereigruppe Freese", but this features no letters, and has a different key. The caption is practically illegible, but I've guessed something in the lines of "Stelter Dampler".
Jorge Candeias, 2 May 2004

Stenzel & Rolke

[Stenzel & Rolke] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Apr 2012 based on image located by Jan Mertens, 21 Jun 2006

One of Jorge?s unknown house flags, see his messages of 4 December 2004 in this regard.  Quote: "The flag is white with 7 black stars, apparently 5-pointed, arranged vertically 2-3-2."

Now, found by coincidence, a link to a picture showing this flag (auction will end, it seems, 22 June!).

Identified as Albert Stenzel & Rolke, Stettin, and showing the black stars somewhat bigger.  This picture belongs to a flag album published by the German cigarette factory Massary, Berlin, 1930, "Flaggen ,die über Meere Völker verbinden".  Measures 6,3 cm x 3,8 cm.

My internet search on this firm was quite unsuccessful.
Jan Mertens, 21 Jun 2006


[Stetra houseflag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 12 Jun 2006

A "Stetra GmbH" flagoid can be seen on several pages of the Dutch Vlootschouw site, presenting inland navigation suppliers together with vessels-  e.g. the one concerning the tanker ?Sophia?: a white wedge with the point on the hoist and opening up towards the fly is placed on a turquoise field; on the wedge is the red name "STETRA" in stylized form, the most conspicuous element being the "T" lengthened to the right so as to take the remaining letters under its wing.

It is a real flag, see the German Stüürmann site, showing ships photos: Click "Gallery" and choose "Binnenschiffe" then "Tankschiffe": select the Belgian vessel "Anouk" to see it partially.  The update replaced a much better photo, flagwise, that is. Site maintained by Michael Harms, who sailed under the Stinnes,
Jaeger and Deymann flags.

Unfortunately I have not found out very much about Stetra, which maintains a minimal web presence. - enough to inform us that it is active in tanker transport and established at Ludwigshafen-Oppau; other sources the many company lookup sites - inform us that the complete name is STETRA Gesellschaft für Schiffstransporte mbH meaning "company for transportation by ship".

Ludwigshafen is the inland port on the left Rhine bank, opposite Mannheim (itself just south of the place where the Neckar joins the Rhine).
Jan Mertens, 11 Jun 2006

Stettiner Oel Kontor, K. Mattern

[Stettiner Oel Kontor, K. Mattern] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2009

Stettiner Oel Kontor, K. Mattern
The company was located in Hamburg-Blankenese. It is a red pennant with a white disc, containing black capitals ?SOK?. From each corner black lines, fimbriated white, are running towards the disc.
Source:  "Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen"; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.39.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2009

J. Stevenson

[J. Stevenson houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Sep 2008

Hedwigshütte Anthracit Kohlen und Kokswerke J. Stevenson AG, located in Stettin.
It is a blue flag with a white diamond in its centre. In the diamond are a crossed black hammer and black mallet, the symbol of mining.
Source: [llo12] p.119, image no.1731
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Sep 2008

Stier GmbH

[Stier GmbH] image by António Martins-Tuválkin, 9 Aug 2010

Attached a picture of the table flag I mentioned earlier today - having found a photo, however tiny
Source: German eBay offer no. 150446658434 (end 29 May 2010) put up by "sloman-fahrer"- I had to manhandle the image, best seen when upside-down and mirrored compared to the item as hoisted.
Jan Mertens, 1 Jun 2010 In any case the diamond's points do not touch the flag's edges. António Martins-Tuválkin, 9 Aug 2010

Bruno Stolz

[Bruno Stolz] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Mar 2007

Bruno Stolz - This company used a red flag with a white black edged diamond touching the edges of flag with  black dotted  letters "B.St.".
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; cover inside.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Mar 2007

Ad Strantzen

[Ad Strantzen #2] image by Eugene Ipavec, 16 Jul 2012

Ad Strantzen - The company used a white flag with a blue stripe on either edge. The stripe at the fly end edge is according to source of greater width, although I don't believe so. In the middle is a orangy wheel with six red spokes and a red nave piercing a blue "S".
1) Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; inside cover.
2) Otto Mathies: "Hamburgs Reederei 1814 - 1914", Hamburg 1924, p.193
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2007

[Ad Strantzen #1] image by Eugene Ipavec, based on a scan located by Jan Mertens, 9 Jul 2012

Business as usual: clear flag with unclear caption. The flag is white with a blue border all around, containing in the center a yellow ring and with a blue S inside the ring.
Jorge Candeias, 1 Jan 2005

The caption is really 'Ad. Strantzen'.
Jan Mertens, 20 Dec 2006

Matthias Struve

[Matthias Struve] image by Jorge Candeias, 9 Jan 2005

The flag is blue with a yellow lozenge that touches its edges. In the center, the initials now black and read "STv". The caption is very hard to read. It consists of two words, the first looks like "Martin" to me and the second one may start with an S and that's all I can make out of it.
Jorge Candeias, 9 Jan 2005

The flag does not ring a bell with me but the caption seems to read 'Matthias Struve'. Here is a small trace, indicating that the company existed at least during the years 1906-1916. We get to see Struve's signature on the clickable share, but that's not good enough...
Jan Mertens, 10 Jan 2005

Stühff Lübecker Barkassenfahrt

[Stühff Lübecker Barkassenfahrt] image by Eugene Ipavec, 27 Aug 2009

Stühff Lübecker Barkassenfahrt or Stühff Harbour Outings at Lübeck (N. of Germany) operates two motor boats, a former Senate launch and a towage and personnel transport vessel
For further information click: here
Besides traditional one hour discovery tours special offers include private charters, local trips on rivers or canals, etc. The company is owned and led by Mr. Adolf Stühff, a former coaster captain and inland shipper.
The logo seen on the introductory page is a black steering wheel with eight spokes and a broad yellow ring bearing black words "STÜHFF" (top) and "BARKASSEN" (bottom) separated by black dots. It can be seen, placed on yellow flags, on this page (first photo of first row): here
[Stühff Logo] image by Jan Mertens, 26 Aug 2009
The picture is rather small yet I do not think there are any additional words on the flags. Also I did not yet find any picture showing a company flag or pennant on the launches.
Jan Mertens, 26 Aug 2009

[Stühff disc variant] image by Eugene Ipavec and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Jul 2012

I spotted this variant with logo in a white disc on 20 Dec 2011 in Lübeck at the Obertrave.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Jul 2012

Stüwe & Co.

[Stüwe & Co. Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG (Shipping Company, Germany)] image by Jorge Candeias, 12 Mar 1999

Stüwe & Co. Schiffahrts GmbH & Co. KG - White with narrow dark blue horizontal stripes along the top and bottom and a lozengy logo centered. The logo consists of a light blue square lozenge and triangles in dark blue, white, dark blue, light blue (top row) and in reverse order (bottom row). In the lozenge, a graphical element in dark blue and white creates the interconnected letters 'S' and 'L'.
Jorge Candeias, 12 Mar 1999

Stuttgarter Reederei

[Stuttgarter Reederei] image by Jan Mertens, 17 Sep 2009

German inland shipping company ?Stuttgarter Reederei? (established at Stuttgart, on the River Neckar) flies - or flew - a striking house flag: A red field contains a white diamond, rimmed black, bearing ? again, within a black rim ? the Stuttgart town arms (showing a black rampant horse on yellow) between black intials ?S? and ?R? (no serifs).
Possibly it is flying on inland motor vessel ?Stuttgart?: click the camera logo next to ?1980? at the end of this page.
Clickable photo of the item in full glory on this page (taken from an earlier version of this site).
According to members of above discussion site, SR was a subsidiary of Dettmer, founded in 1963 ? elsewhere I read about easily exchanged funnel flag plaques.
Jan Mertens, 17 Sep 2009

Martin Stutz

[Martin Stutz] image by Jarig Bakker, 16 Oct 2005

Martin Stutz, Brake; blue over red flag; intertwined "MS" in white.
(Brake is a town between Bremen and Bremerhaven)
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 16 Oct 2005

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