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Schiermonnikoog recently has been a thorn in the thigh of small Zuid-Holland
municipalities, because the sparsely populated island is steadfastly winning
the contest of "which municipality is the first to have counted the votes?"
When all of Fryslân was liberated by Canadians and Poles after the
second world war the Germans held on to Schiermonnikoog and threatened to
shell Metslawier, the seat of our municipality of Oostdongeradeel. My dad
and others always had the opinion that Metslawier was a lousy village,
but were severely let down by the Germans, when they lamely surrendered.
What we didn't know was that as a result of the fighting many brave soldiers died on Schiermonnikoog. All soldiers were buried on the same graveyard in the only village on the island, Oosterburen. Later on it was suggested to separate the dead, but the island council decided against it, and it has remained so until now. The "Nieuwe Dockumer Courant" has monitored the meetings between the relatives of the former enemies and made some moving articles, recently edited into a book.
Jarig Bakker, 11 August 2003
A scan of a newsletter from Schiermonnikoog was submitted to FOTW. Upon
translation, it states:
"The island flag then had the attention of the council. It was considered necessary to officially adopt the flag as the municipal flag. The flag consists of seven laying stripes with from top to bottom the colours red, white blue, green, red, white, blue."
It appears to date from slightly after the war, and would have been part of the re-emergence of the country, in which everything was going to be done right. This is the only reason I see why it was considered proper to formally adopt the flag the island had been using for centuries already.
de SchiermonnikoogShop (https://schiermonnikoogshop.nl/wimpel-schiermonnikoog-25x200-cm)
sells an "Eilander wimpel", island wimpel, 2 x 0.25, with the obvious
pattern of the seven flywise stripes of the flag.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 23 April 2018
Note that in the flag archive of Schiermonnikoog there is a drawing where
the flag is drawn different from how it's mostly produced. The status of the
drawing is unclear to me.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 29 April 2019
Concerning the documents mentioned above:
1: Apparently an answer to a request for information about the order of stripes on the flag of Schiermonnikoog. Hesman, the original that [sie75] reproduces in part, is used as the authority. (4 November 1946, thus after the war, but before the island flag was confirmed as municipal flag).
Note that this concerns the order of the stripes; not their width. It does address a concern about the brightness of the colours, especially relative to the green. (Probably: Dr M.P.v. Buijtenen)
2: An instruction to order several flags: a Dutch flag with orange pennant for the tower, the same for the public school, and for general purposes an island flag. (All three with the same measurements.) Since Napoleonic times, church towers have been municipal property. The public school is likewise municipal. There is apparently only one church and one school. It also speaks of the" island flag" without specification. I'd say we're seeing a town clerk of Schiermonnikoog at work. As there is a note reflecting doubt about the green, I find it likely this is the same quest that also produced #1.
3: Drawing of the flag, with a wider centre stripe. This represent the idea the top and bottom are merely national edges set to the actual colour of the island. Below this drawing is a document by Sierksma. I've checked [sie62], and Sierksma does indeed write from that assumption on the flag. There's no mention of anything to either support or disprove that assumption, though.
I expect that Sierksma was asked for help about the Schiermonnikoog island flag, It could also be that he himself had started this. Either way, he likely sent a design of how the flag ought to look, as he was wont to do. (Unfortunately, Sierksma's correspondence is not included in this stack of scans.) I add Sierksma's proposal. I like it better, but the island decided otherwise.
4: Adoption of the current flag. As with the current Dutch flag, all that was decided was the order of the colours. The flag design being seven stripes was apparently thought to go without saying. Had the design had one wider stripe, though, it would have been worth mentioning, which tells us that Sierksma's proposal didn't make it. (19 April 1949. Two and a half year after the initial exchange.)
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 29 April 2019
image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 29 April 2019
Granted 19 Oct 1954. The monk has a grey (schier) habit, making the Coat of Arms canting.
Somewhere between 1851 and 1878 the "Zeemanscollege De Herkenning"
(the Recognition) was founded on Schiermonnikoog. Peter Hans van den
Muijzenberg wrote 6 Dec 2001: Collegie Schiermonnikoog, at Schiermonnikoog.
Leen Smit pictures number X. By 1979 this college had disappeared.
Flag: Dutch flag with on the white a black bal and a number in Roman numerals.
In "College Zeemanshoop 1822-1972" is a flag plate with said flag (#1)
The undoing of this college has probably to do with the centralization of the whaling-trade into the huge "Willem Barendsz" whaler.
Jarig Bakker, 11 Aug 2003
De Herkenning was founded in 1859.
Ron van Staveren, 15 Aug 2005
#246 in Steenbergen's Vlaggen van alle Natiën, 1870 - Schiermonnikoog,
island of the Netherlands, Navigation society.
Jaume Ollé, 15 Nov 2003