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One can see the Rickmers flag on the fourth painting from top down (and
click to enlarge) here.
Accompanying text, slightly edited:
"Portrait of the Ship *R.C. Rickmers* under full sail in the Chinese Sea, ca. 1870 – The German full–rigged ship (Rickmers Line, Bremerhaven) at sea with local shipping and an unidentified Chinese coastline beyond - unsigned - Oil on canvas, relined - 45 x 60 cm (17 3/4 x 23 5/8 in.) – Private collection, Germany.
Note: A typical example of this type of paintings with a profile view of the vessel. The ship's name is written on the bow and on the main mast we notice the house flag or Rickmers. Click on the image to see a larger illustration."
Information from the company
In choosing his house flag, the firm's founder was obviously inspired by that of his native island, Heligoland. Wharf founded 1834 at Bremerhaven, first completely owned ship 1842.
Flag-bearing subsidiary firms are certainly:
- MCC MARINE Consulting & Contracting GmbH: an 'MCC' version of the company flag.
- ESSE or Expert Shipping Service GmbH & Co. KG: tiny blue and white flag on this page.
Jan Mertens, 26 Aug 2004
Even the Rickmers Reismühle
GmbH is still existing. It is not a part of the Rickmers shipping acitvities.
Jörg M. Karaschewski, 27 Aug 2004
See a real flag here
- i.e. the (Greenwich) National Maritime Museum's on-line house flag collection...
by the way, it is clear the upper stripe is green but
has anyone told Barbara Tomlinson?
Same, shown on a 19C painting (ca. 1870, from the Fine Art Emporium).
Jan Mertens, 6 Dec 2004
Reederei Bertram Rickmers, G.m.b.H., Hamburg - horizontal triband
VRW; over green and red white "BR".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 30 Sep 2005