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House Flags of German Shipping Companies (l) - part1

Deutsche Reedereiflaggen (l) - Teil 1

Last modified: 2019-08-26 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Germany] 3:5 image by António Martins-Tuválkin
German merchant ensign See also:

Christoph Lamprecht

[Christoph Lamprecht] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider and Tomislav Todorović, 15 Aug 2019

Hafenschiffahrt Bugsierbetrieb Christoph Lamprecht, a harbour shipping and towage company, based in Hamburg. The flag was white with red horizontal edges and a red cross patty in centre.
Source: Schnall funnel chart 1997
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 Aug 2019


Lahnstolz

[Lahnstolz] image by Jarig Bakker, 16 Oct 2005

The German tourist shipping company "Personenschiffahrt Lahnstolz" (i.e. "Pride of the Lahn") is established at Bad Ems on the River Lahn, not far from Coblentz (best known as the place where the Mosel joins the Rhine).  Homepage, in German, of this firm owned by Mr Wolfgang  Schmitt: Operating a number of boats (see the photo carrousel at "Unsere Flotte" i.e. "Our fleet) typically mostly named after local towns and regions, Lahnstolz is active on a river which no longer carries trade since 1981.  Not restricted to the Lahn, the company organizes three-river trips as well.
A drawing shows the house flag to be  horizontally divided blue above orange, bearing the owner"s initials (in black) near the hoist, one initial per stripe; furthermore a black upright anchor is placed in the fly.
If we look carefully at the fleet photos, we can see that some ships fly this flag on the bow.
There is even a Dutch connection, as the flag contains the locally known Nassau colours orange and blue.  See the World Statesmen site for variously coloured Nassau-Weilburg, Nassau-Usingen, and Nassau proper, the last one of which disappeared in 1866:
More on this subject on FOTW-ws,where some flags are styled "hypothetical".
Jan Mertens, 29 Jun 2007


Lange Gebrüder

[Lange Gebrüder houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Apr 2012

The blue flag is divided by a white, centred cross. The crossbars are superimposed by blue inscriptions: "L" (hoist), "Gbr"(fly) and "H"(bottom).
Source: "Gratis Beilage zu Deicken und Behrmann's Neuen Monatsheften, Neue Ausgabe Sommer 1897"
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 Apr 2012


G. Langenberg

[G. Langenberg houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 July 2019

The company was based in Bremen. The flag was red with white horizontal stripes on top- and bottom edge and a white serifed initial "L".
Flaggenbuch 1905, part V, p.12, image no.99
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 July 2019


Schiffahrt Langeoog

[Schiffahrt Langeoog houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 May 2009

Schiffahrt Langeoog - The company runs a ferry service from Bensersiel to Langeoog Island. The flag is a black over red over blue horizontal tricolour (the colours of Ostfriesland) with a white italic serifed "L", the bottom line of the "L" is wavy.
Source: I spotted this flag at the ferry terminal of  Bensersiel on 30 April 2009.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 May 2009


Richard Lansert

[Richard Lansert houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Sep 2008

The company was located in Stettin and ran three vessels with the same houseflag but different funnels: SS DORIS and SS FRANZ LANSERT had black funnels with a red ring displaying a white cross patty. SS TILSIT had a white funnel with black ring at the top. The flag is plain red with a white cross pattee in its centre.
Flaggenbuch 1905, part V, p.19, images nos.432 and 433
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Sep 2008 / 16 July 2019


Erik Larsen

[Erik Larsen] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Aug 2019

The company was based in Rostock. The flag was blue with a centred white "EL".
Source: Massary 1928, series 1, image no.270
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 3 Aug 2019


Larsen Reederei

[Larsen Reederei houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Mar 2009

Larsen Reederei
The company was located in Flensburg. It is a dark blue over white over dark blue horizontal triband with red, serifed capitals in "LR" in the white stripe.
Source: "Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen"; 2nd ed.; Hamburg 1956; p.26
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Mar 2009


Larsen & Stoss

[Larsen & Stoss houseflag]image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Sep 2008

A flagoid - meaning a flag picture possibly (and hopefully) representing the real item - is shown on the modest website of "Larsen & Stoss GmbH"(German only): Sky blue field with white disk bearing red serifed initials "L" and "S" (partly behind the "L" and in a lower position).
The company is established at Lübeck in the North of Germany and active in ship broking, freighting (chartering), and port transporation (haulage). That is all I could find except for the fact that the firm already existed in 1954.
Jan Mertens, 14 Jan 2009


Lass shipbroker

[Lass shipbroker houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Feb 2009

Lass is a ship broker, located in the Hamburg harbour area either at Johannisbollwerk or Vorsetzen.
The flag is white with four blue bars forming a capital "E" which covers the total range of the flag. Upon the middle horizontal bar are white capitals forming the companies name and at the centre of the hoist edge is a white 8-point star.
Source: I spotted this flag on 13 March 2007 in Hamburg"s harbor area.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 25 Feb 2009


Hermann R. Lassen

[Hermann R. Lassen] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Aug 2019

The company was based in Hamburg. Thr flag was red with a throughout white lozenge, charged with black initial "L".
Source: Massary 1928, series 1, image no.403
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Aug 2019


Technisches Büro Uwe Lassen

[Technisches Büro Uwe Lassen] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2012

White flag with light blue wavy base. In the middle shifted to the top is the coat of arms of Hamburg. In the four corners are black capitals "T" (upper hoist), "B" (upper fly), "U" (lower hoist) and "L" (lower fly). Lassen installs equipment on ships, their specialiality is gas cooking equipment and gas supply.
Source: I spotted this flag on 6 November 2010 in HH-Billwerder
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2012


Reederei Lattmann

[Rederei Lattmann] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Apr 2009

Reederei Lattmann GmbH
The company was located in Hamburg. It is a white flag divided by two red horizontal stripes. Between the stripes is a black capital "W" superimposed by an "L" of double height.
Source: Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen"; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.33.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Apr 2009


Walter Lauck

[Walter Lauck] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 Mar 2009

This is the Hamburg-based Walter Lauk companies. Here is the website, English version: Founded in 1982 and initially dedicated to in-harbour transport, the combined firms are now active in inland shipping, container trucking, agency services in four German harbours, and not related to transport, rather to the loads product control.
As related on the company site, Walter Lauk operates one tugboat and one pushboat plus nine open barges and eight covered ones in the various harbours plus thirty vessels (ten of which are under contract) on the inland waterways. In this last respect, agricultural products are a very important load which ties in with product control activities such as sampling, analysis, certifying, etc.
Link to an article (in German) about father and son Lauk, in a playful mood: They note, among other things, the need for in-harbour shipping to bypass the local traffic jams lorries get caught in. br>Seen right away on the home page, the house flag is divided red-blue along a descending diagonal with large white serifless letters "W" on the lower red triangle, "L" on the upper blue one. Interestingly, attachment hardly shows the white dividing line clearly visible on the truck's side (About us section) and in the flag in front of the company seat, enlarged extract of photo. (Photo too dim for editing, ed.)
Again the white stripe in a drawing on this page: only this time the flag is enclosed in a blue border we have seen is not there in reality.  Some photos on the internet show the tug JÖRG" with the white-stripe flag on the funnel. (No idea about the second flag in front of the company seat" is it the container division").
Jan Mertens, 1 Jul 2006

The flag is divided per bend into red and blue with a white fimbriation between red and blue. In the lower hoist is a white capital "W", in the upper fly a white capital "L".
Source: I spotted this flag on 20 October 2007 in Billwerder Bucht, Hamburg.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 26 Mar 2009


Lauter-Elbe

[Lauter-Elbe houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2009

Lauter-Elbe GmbH
The company was located in Lauterbach. It is a red over white horizontal bicolour with a black wing in its centre.
Source: "Flaggen, Schornsteine, Reedereien- Flaggen und Schornsteine der deutschen Reedereien und ihre Schiffe über 300 BRT"; Hamburg 1957; p.F15.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2009


LEA Shipping

[LEA Shipping] image by Ivan Sache, 7 Jul 2005

Here is another house flag: quarterly per saltire, left and right triangles white, upper and lower ones blue; in the middle, a white blue-rimmed oval containing red letters "LEA".
"Lea Shipping" (or "Lea Schiffahrtsges, Hamburg") in the page title actually refers to the "Leo Adams" shipping company, Hamburg.
On the other hand, "Lea Schiffahrts GmbH" and "Leo Adams Reederei" were perhaps two distinct, but related, companies"
Jan Mertens, 5 Jul 2005


Lebbin Beton

[Lebbin Beton] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Apr 2009

Lebbin Beton
The company has branches in various German cities and is transporting its stuff, concrete, on own ships. It is a white flag, divided by a red centred cross. The cross is extended to a red diamond in the centre. Within the diamond is a smaller white one, cotized blue added by thin blue stripes in the middle of the cross bars. The white diamond contains a blue, somehow Gothic capital "L".
Source: I spotted this flag at Billwerder Bucht, Hamburg on 25 April 2007.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Apr 2009


Leda Schiffahrt

[Leda Schiffahrt] image by Jarig Bakker, 16 Oct 2005

Leda Schiffahrt, Leer - white, a shield with the East-Frisian colors between black "LS".
Source: Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 16 Oct 2005


F.W.G. Lehmann

[F.W.G. Lehmann - white]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 June 2012
[F.W.G. Lehmann - blue]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 July 2012
   

The company was located in Hamburg. In the centre of the white flag was a big, blue "L". In each corner was a blue 5-point star (see left image above). A variant is a Sloman type flag, blue having white 5-point stars in each corner and a big white initial "L" in the centre. The only information available was that the company ran one vessel in tramp service since 1900 and was in the shipping companies' register from 1901 to 1914 (see right image above). It is flag in the style of a Sloman affiliated company, but Hieke doesn't even mention the name.
Sources: Flaggenkarte, Hrsg.: H. Carly, Hamburg, c.1898 and Otto Mathies: "Hamburgs Reederei 1814 - 1914", Hamburg 1924, pp.192, 219
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 June 2012 / 7 July 2012


Reederei Lehmann

[Reederei Lehmann] image by Jarig Bakker, 3 Jan 2006

Reederei Lehmann G.m.b.H., Lübeck - white flag, blue circle,red two-towered castle.
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 3 Jan 2006


LENOX

[LENOX] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Apr 2009

LENOX Aktiengesellschaft für Schifffahrt & Außenhandel (Limited company for shipping and foreign trade)
The company was located in Hamburg. It is a red flag divided by a green saltire, which is fimbriated white. In the centre is a white disc fimbriated green showing a green signal house.
Source: Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen"; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.26.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Apr 2009


Leonhardt & Blumberg

[Leonhardt & Blumberg] image by Jorge Candeias, 22 Dec 2004

The flag is white with a narrow red saltire under a black cross with the same thickness and a white square occupying the intersection (would have been hollowing it if instead of white appeared the red intersection of the saltire's arms). German national colours, a striking and if not unique at least rare design, great stuff. But the caption is very hard to read. The same thing happens whenever it includes lots of letters. Guessing more than reading, I came up with two surnames: Leonhardt & Blumberg.
Jorge Candeias, 22 Dec 2004


Leonhardt & Heeckt

[Leonhardt & Heeckt] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 July 2019

The company was based in Hamburg. The flag was red with a white inscription "L&H" and had a black-white bordure.
Source: Flaggenbuch 1905, part V, p.17, image no.351
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 15 July 2019


Theodor Lexau

[Theodor Lexau] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 Aug 2019

Full name: Theodor Lexau Hafenschiffahrt, Schrottgroßhandlung , i.e. harbour shipping and scrap metal trading. The company was based in Hamburg. The flag was red. In centre was a white oval, charged with a black initial "L".
Source: Schnall funnel chart 1997
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 7 Aug 2019


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