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House Flags of German Shipping Companies (m) - part 2

Deutsche Reedereiflaggen (m) Teil 2

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Merkur Schiffahrt

[Merkur Schiffahrt] image by Eugene Ipavec, 21 Apr 2009

‘Merkur Schiffahrt – Baustoffe GmbH’ (i.e. Merkur… (or Mercury or Mercurius or Hermes DVS) Shipping and Construction Materials Co.) at Berlin (DE) is a small firm doing exactly what its name proclaims.  Modest website: Said materials include sand, gravel, flagstones, crushed stone, etc. which are delivered by truck
(lorry) or, in case of transports of 500 metric tonnes or more, by inland vessel.
Other bulk goods between 500 – 1500 tonnes, such as coal or wheat, are shipped as well.
Shown on the webpage’s header is the house flag: white with a thin green border (all around), bearing a large initial ‘M’ in script.
The ‘Transport’ page offers a clickable photo (middle one of three) showing this flag.  The green colour is rather more vivid than the one used in the drawing.
Jan Mertens, 20 Apr 2009


Karl Mestermann

[Karl Mestermann houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 July 2012 Karl Mestermann is a shipbroking company located in Bremen. Thus the e houseflag is a Bremen flag plus an additional white lozenge fimbriated blue in the centre containing blue initials "KM".
Source: Josef Nüsse's webpage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 July 2012


Metzendorff, Wilmans & Co.

[Metzendorff, Wilmans & Co. houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Jul 2012 Metzendorff, Wilmans & Co.

According to source Hamburg shipowners register provides evidence of the company's existence at least from 1868 until 1880, established in 1861 as M. Metzendorff. It is a pennant with converging lines ending in three tails red over white over blue. The trapezium shaped part at the hoist is white with a black inscription "MW&Co."
Source: Otto Mathies: "Hamburgs Reederei 1814 - 1914", Hamburg 1924, p.37
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Jul 2012


Meyer & Jens KG

[Meyer & Jens KG] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Jul 2012

The company is located in Drochtersen (Stade county). The dark blue flag is divided by a white saltire. In the centre is a dark blue disc fimbriated white and containing a chunky white rectangle with embowed vertical lines.
Source: Verband Deutscher Reeder homepage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Jul 2012


Gebr. Meyer

[Gebr. Meyer] image by Jarig Bakker, 16 Apr 2007

‘Gebr. Meyer Bauunternehmung GmbH &  Co.’, Cologne (i.e. Meyer Brothers Construction Company, Ltd).
Houseflag: Divided per saltire white (left and right fields) and green (upper and lower fields), a rather small white disk in the centre bearing a black initial ‘M’ (no serifs).
As “Ausbau des Rheins” lists these firms, detailing who did or was doing what and where, we learn that Gebr. Meyer were busy deepening the Rhine at the Nackenheimer Schwelle i.e. removing underwater rocks, dredging, and reinforcing river banks near Mainz, 1972-74.
Additionnally, river breakwaters were built near Rüdesheim in 1976, the famous Binger Loch and immediate surroundings having already been dredged, rock removed, etc. 1966-68 and 1970-75.
Gebr. Meyer cooperated with other specialized firms some of which we know e.g. W. de Beijer (NL).
On p. 20 the brochure shows a large flagoid painted on the side of drilling vessel ‘Mittelrhein’ but p. 23 shows an actual flag flying on a bucket dredge on the Lower Rhine.  That is one advantage of being nearsighted – the flag on the photo measures only 1 by 2 mm but is recognizable!
One snippet of information found on the ‘net leads me to believe Gebr. Meyer was founded in or around 1879.
Jan Mertens, 16 Apr 2007


H.N.A. Meyer

[H.N.A. Meyer houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Jul 2012

According to source Hamburg shipowners register provides evidence of this Blankenese based company's existence at least from 1890 until 1902. The white flag has a blue bordure and a big, red rectangle in the centre containing the white initials "NM".
According to source Hamburg shipowners register provides evidence of the company's existence at least from 18 until 18.
Source: Otto Mathies: "Hamburgs Reederei 1814 - 1914", Hamburg 1924, p.132
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Jul 2012


Karl Meyer

[Karl Meyer] image by Jarig Bakker, 17 Dec 2005

Karl Meyer, Wischhafen - white flag, stylized green "M", pierced by a double-pointed red arrow.
(Wischhafen is NW of Hamburg in Niedersachsen, along the Elbe)
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 17 Dec 2005


Louis Meyer

[Louis Meyer] image by Jarig Bakker, 21 Sep 2005

Neue Schleppdampf Schiffahrts Reederei Louis Meyer, Hamburg - blue flag, white cross
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 21 Sep 2005


Robert Meyhoefer

[Robert Meyhoefer] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Mar 2009

Robert Meyhoefer
The company was located in Bremen. It is a dark blue flag with white capitals “RM” in the upper hoist.
Source: “Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen”; 2nd ed.; Hamburg 1956; p.28
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Mar 2009


Meyrose

[Meyrose] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Feb 2007

Meyrose - Meyrose is a salvaging-, freight- and logistics company in Hamburg.
The flag is a blue over red horizontal bicolour with a white diamond with a black capital "M" in its centre.(spotted at 28 May 2004 in Hamburg).
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Feb 2007


Midgard

[Midgard AG & Co. KG (Shipping Company, Germany)] image by Jorge Candeias, 14 Mar 1999

Midgard AG & Co. KG - Divided per saltire, white on top and bottom and blue at hoist and fly, with a white oval in the centre, bordered blue and charged with a blue snake (with a huge head, and an even bigger eye, in relative terms).
Jorge Candeias, 14 Mar 1999

Midgard snake (Midhgardhsormr) keeps the world in place by clasping it into its rings. When the snake relaxes, a generalized flood shall occur and the world shall disappear during the so-called Ragnarok - Fate-of-the-Powers, very often mispelled Ragnarokr, Twilight-of-the-Powers -Midgard snake is compared to Yggdrasill, the ash tree which supports the world with its branches. When Yggdrasill collapses, the world shall disappear. Source: Encyclopaedia Universalis.
Ivan Sache, 19 Sep 2001

The company name is Rhenus Midgard A.G. & Co. K.G. They were formed in 1905 as Midgard Deutsche Seeverkehrs A.G. and at some point after the mid 1990s the company, who are now described as port operators, seem to have been taken over by Rhenus A.G. & Co.
Neale Rosanoski, 18 Oct 2004


Daniel Milberg

[Daniel Milberg houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 Jul 2012

According to source Hamburg shipowners register provides evidence of the company's existence at least from 1902 until 1903. It is a blue over white over blue horizontal triband. In the centre of the white stripe is a blue initial "M".
Source: Otto Mathies: "Hamburgs Reederei 1814 - 1914", Hamburg 1924, p.72
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 Jul 2012


Klaus Mimietz

[Klaus Mimietz] image by Jarig Bakker, 19 Jan 2006

Klaus Mimietz, Rendsburg - horizontal BWR flag, in center white shield bordered black, red "M".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 19 Jan 2006


William Minlos

[William Minlos] image by Ivan Sache, 28 Mar 2008

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of "William Minlos" (#122, p. 42), a company based in Lübeck, as horizontally divided  white-red with the blacl letters "Wm M" in the middle.
Ivan Sache, 28 Mar 2008


MOBIL OIL AG

[MOBIL OIL AG] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Apr 2009

MOBIL OIL AG in Deutschland
The company was located in Hamburg. It is a white swallow tail flag. At top and bottom edge are celestial blue stripes. In the centre is a red Pegasus of nearly total height of the white stripe.
Source: Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen”; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.28.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Apr 2009


Mogul Linie (Gellatly, Hankey & Co.)

[Mogul Linie (Gellatly, Hankey & Co.)] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2012

The white flag is divided by a blue centred cross. In the centre of the flag is a white diamond containing a smaller white diamond fimbriated red. Both have the lower point in common.
Source: Gratis Beilage zu Deicken und Behrmann's Neuen Monatsheften Neue Ausgabe Sommer 1897
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2012


Montan B.S. (MBS)

[Montan B.S.] image by Jarig Bakker, 24 May 2007

Montan Brennstoffhandel und Schiffahrt GmbH & Co. KG

Spotted by Jarig quite recently in the Oude Houthaven, Amsterdam, a house flag described as horizontally divided 1:4:1 black-red-black, in the centre a large white diamond bearing black initials ‘mbs’. As luck would have it, this flag and a predecessor (table flags, really) were offered on German eBay some time ago by “freschkali”, item no. 200086955556, end 17 March 2007.

Which is the older I do not really know, in any case the flag on the left uses a rather striking lower case typeface on a large flattened diamond.
The other one is rather more classic – smaller diamond, upper case initials.

Identified as ‘Montan Brennstoffhandel und Schiffahrt GmbH & Co. KG’, Mannheim (the town where the River Neckar flows into the Rhine). 
‘Montan’ in German indicates something related to coal and iron industry and coal mining whereas ‘Brennstoffhandel und Schiffahrt’ mean mineral oil trade and shipping, to be sure.
The company has no web presence it seems although some traces on the web exist – for instance, MBS no longer has a subsidiary at Duisburg.
To complicate matters this is not the only German company using the initials, MBS.
Jan Mertens, 24 May 2007

Montan B.S. tableflags

[Montan B.S. tabelflags] image sent by Jan Mertens, 24 May 2007

Montan Reederei

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

Montan Reederei Gmbh
The company was located in Hamburg. It is a red over yellow over red horizontal triband. The yellow stripe is slightly wider. In the yellow stripe is red capital “M” surrounding the symbol of mining, hammer and mallet.
Source: “Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen”; 2nd ed.; Hamburg 1956; p.28
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Mar 2009


Montan Shipping

[Montan Shipping] image by Eugene Ipavec, 1 Nov 2007

‘Montan Shipping GmhH & Co KG’ is a German firm established at Hamburg. According to the ‘Company Profile’ on its website: “Montan Shipping mainly acts as chartering agent/broker for various national and international industrial clients. The company's most important activities are world-wide chartering on the dry cargo sector, all agency matters at the ports of Hamburg and Stade and via subagents at all other German ports as well as stevedoring/cargo handling of bulk cargoes at Hamburg.”
Founded in 1922, the Lehnkering period over, Montan has been part of Peter W. Lampke, a North German shipping group, since 2000 and shares the same address. Listed on the site are agency activities, general husbandry services (information, clearance, waste disposal, etc.), drydocking and repair assistance, crew matters; also stevedoring and chartering (bulk of various kinds). Shown on the site as a drawing, the house flag is orange bearing a dark blue logo consisting of initials, fimbriated white.   Said intials are a highly stylized ‘S’ nestling above an ‘M’ all within what might be a thin ‘C’ perhaps standing for ‘Co.’
Reddish orange is the field of a variant – a table flag this time – offered on German eBay as item no. 290074500435 (end 27 Jan 2007) put up by “shipflag”.   The initialled logo is black and here the ‘M’ bears a ‘T’ connected to it standing for ‘Montan Transport[-Gesellschaft]’. This must have been the forerunner of Montan Shipping.
Jan Mertens, 31 Oct 2007

Montan Shipping - variant

[Montan Shipping variant] image by Eugene Ipavec, 1 Nov 2007

MST - Mineralien Schiffahrt Spedition und Transport

[MST houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Jul 2012

It is a bavarian lozengy flag superimposed by a white lozenge fimbriated Bavarian blue containing a big initial "M" of the same colour.
For further information click: here
Source: Verband Deutscher Reeder homepage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Jul 2012


Mülheimer Lagerhaus- und Speditions-Ges. mbH

[Mülheimer Lagerhaus- und Speditions-Ges. mbH] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Apr 2009

The company was located in Mülheim/Ruhr. The flag is divided by saltire into blue and white with a white disc cotized black and white in its centre, the disc containing in black hammer and mallet, the symbols of mining.
Source: "Flaggen, Schornsteine, Reedereien- Flaggen und Schornsteine der deutschen Reedereien und ihre Schiffe über 300 BRT"; Hamburg 1957; p.F19
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Apr 2009


Reederei Ferdinand Müller

[Ferdinand Müller] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Apr 2009

The company was located in Bremen. The flag is horizontally divided by alternating white and blue stripes having ratio 9:3:1:1:1:3:9. In the centre of the flag a black capital "M" is superimposed.
Source: "Flaggen, Schornsteine, Reedereien- Flaggen und Schornsteine der deutschen Reedereien und ihre Schiffe über 300 BRT"; Hamburg 1957; p.F22
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Apr 2009


Robert Müller

[Robert Müller] image by Eugene Ipavec, 2 Apr 2006

‘Robert Müller Schiffahrt (GmbH & Co.) KG’, part of the Robert Müller Firmengruppe (group of companies) has an interesting history which starts, very modestly, in 1911. History and background are found here (English version not yet ready).
Founded in 1911 by Robert Müller, a Hamburg-based shipping agent who also operated an Elbe barge inherited from his father.  From 1919 on he had his own firm selling stone for road and waterway construction, followed by salt trade in 1922.  Inland navigation started with one vessel in 1927 and the first sea-going ship joined the fleet in 1936.  Three years later, Robert Müller died.
As could be expected, WWII caused heavy damage: ships and warehouses were lost and some vessels, barges as well as ships, were handed over to the Soviet Union as war compensation.  In all, merely two barges remained.
A new start led to building of more sea-going ships which started in 1951; in 1954 a separate firm was established to take care of shipping matters. All vessels were sold in 1961 but the next year new barges on modern lines were launched.  The ‘eighties saw further expansion on the logistics side. Various company splittings were followed in 2000 by the merger of the group's shipping and logistics interests known as ‘Reederei und Handelsgesellschaft Robert Müller (GmbH & Co.)’ only to be demerged again in 2003 into three entities ‘Schiffahrt’ (shipping), ‘Logistik’ (logistics) and ‘Handel’ (commerce).
The house flag is found on the company site: quarterly divided red (upper and lower triangles) and white (left and right triangles), a green disk bearing a white initial ‘M’ is placed in the centre.
Jan Mertens, 1 Apr 2006


Münsterische Schiffahrts- und Lagerhausgesellschaft (MSLAG)

[MSLAG houseflag] image by Eugene Ipavec, 21 Jul 2006

At some time during WTAG’s existence (see message of 6 June 2006 for this there existed the affiliated MSLAG or Münsterische Schiffahrts- und Lagerhausgesellschaft. This was the ‘Münster Shipping and Warehousing Company’ based at Münster, located near the Dortmund-Ems canal in North Rhine Westfalia state.

A local archive has records for the years 1926-1970 and then of course the house flag clearly shows the WTAG connection, having the company initials
‘M.S.L.A.G.’ in black on a broad white horizontal stripe edged red.

Source of the attachment is yet another German eBay offer i.e. item no. 6624032748 (ended 29 April 2006) being a table flag.  (It also appears on a German site which certainly merits a separate message but no additionial information is gained there.)
Jan Mertens, 20 Jul 2006


MPC Münchmeyer Petersen Steamship

[MPC Münchmeyer Petersen houseflag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Jul 2012

The flag is divided by a white saltire into red (hoist and fly) and dark blue (top and bottom). The red quarters are fimbriated dark blue. In the top quarter is a white Hamburg harbour logo. In the others are white initials ""M""(hoist), ""P""(bottom) and ""C""(fly). Hamburg harbour logo:
The logo looks somehow like a Hamburg castle. The top is transformed into a trident and at the bottom part of an anchor is annexed.
Source: I spotted this flag on 11 May 2012 in Hamburg Neumühlen.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Jul 2012

MPC Münchmeyer Petersen Steamship - former flag?

[MPC Münchmeyer Petersen former flag] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Jul 2012

The dark blue flag has a red - white - dark blue border. At the bottom of the central field is a white inscription "MPC" topped by a white Hamburg harbour logo.
Source: I spotted this flag in July 2010 in front of a Hotel near Dammtor Station(Hamburg).
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Jul 2012


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