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German merchant ensign Other "P"-companies: See also:

Heinrich Pahl

[Heinrich Pahl] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Aug 2019

Schiffahrtsbetrieb Heinrich Pahl, i.e. Pahl shipping, a company based in Hamburg. The flag was yellow with white horizontal edges.
Source: Schnall funnel chart 1997
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Aug 2019


Johann M. Pahl

[Johann M. Pahl] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Aug 2019

Schiffs-Kessel- und Tankreinigung Johann M. Pahl, i.e. cleaning of ships, boilers and tanks, a company based in Hamburg. The flag was white with a black initial "P".
Source: Schnall funnel chart 1997
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 Aug 2019


H. Parchmann & Co Reederei

[H. Parchmann & Co Reederei] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Apr 2007

The company was located in Bremen. It is a white flag, in the middle divided by a thin, blue horizontal line, superimposed by the logo, a blue, underlined "P" in a white field.
Source: "Flaggen, Schornsteine, Reedereien- Flaggen und Schornsteine der deutschen Reedereien und ihre Schiffe über 300 BRT"; Hamburg 1957; p.F20.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Apr 2007


Pauls & Blohm

[Pauls & Blohm] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 July 2019

The company was based in Hamburg. The flag was white displaying a blue 5-point-star.
Source: Flaggenbuch 1905, part V, p.11, image no.36
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 8 July 2019


E. Paulsen

[E. Paulsen] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 July 2019

The company was based in Bremen. The flag was blue with a white serifed initial "P".
Source: Flaggenbuch 1905, part V, p.21, image no.569
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 July 2019


W.H. Pellewessel

[W.H. Pellewessel] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Aug 2019

Schutenvermietung W.H. Pellewessel, i.e. barge rental, a company based in Hamburg. The company used a red pennant, charged with a white initial "P".
Source: Schnall funnel chart 1997
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 21 Aug 2019


Julius Penns

[Julius Penns] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Apr 2009

The company was located in Burg (Dithmarschen county). It is a celestial blue flag with a white lozenge, containing a black capital "P" in the centre. The lozenge is touching the edges.
Source: "Flaggen, Schornsteine, Reedereien- Flaggen und Schornsteine der deutschen Reedereien und ihre Schiffe über 300 BRT"; Hamburg 1957; p.F21
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 Apr 2009


H.J. Perlbach & Co. und Nachfahren

[H.J. Perlbach & Co.] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 June 2012

The company was based in Hamburg. It was a red flag with a white disc slightly shifted to the hoist.
Source: Gratis Beilage zu Deicken und Behrmann's Neuen Monatsheften Neue Ausgabe Sommer 1897
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 June 2012


Kapitän R. Peschkau

[Kapitän R.Peschkau] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Apr 2007

Kapitän R.Peschkau - The company used a black over white over red horizontal tricolour. In its centre was a white oval with a black logo consisting of the black capitals "R" and "P".
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; inside cover.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Apr 2007


H. Peters

[H. Peters #1]
image by Jorge Candeias, 5 Jan 2005
[H. Peters #2]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Aug 2019
   

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This flag (see left image above) is a triband of white-blue-white with large white initials "HP" in the center of the blue area. The only thing that is unclear is the proportions of the white stripes. It seems to me that the top white stripe is about half the size of the bottom one, but I may be wrong. In any case, the middle stripe is a lot larger than the other two.
Jorge Candeias, 5 Jan 2005

Wolters' "See und Seefahrt", 1968, has the top stripe twice as wide as the bottom one, equalling out your observation. "HP" in that book is serifed.
Jarig Bakker, 5 Jan 2005

The company was based in Hamburg. This flag (see right image above) was celestial blue with white edges at top and bottom and white, serifed inscription "HP".
Source: Massary 1928, series 1, image no.201
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Aug 2019


Karl Peters & Co

[Karl Peters & Co] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2009

Karl Peters & Co Reederei mbH
The company was located in Hamburg. The flag is divided by saltire into white and black. In the centre is a red disc, fimbriated black, with a white capital "P".
Source: "Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen", 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.32
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 Mar 2009


Werner Peters

[Werner Peters] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Apr 2009

Werner Peters
The company was located in Hamburg. It is a blue over yellow over blue horizontal triband. In the centre is a yellow diamond, fimbriated red, containing a red capital "P".
Source: "Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen"; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.32.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Apr 2009


Frieda Petersen

[Frieda Petersen] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 July 2019

The company was based in Rostock. The flag was blue with a white annulet charged with black initials "F" (hoist) "P" (fly) and "R" (bottom).
Source: Flaggenbuch 1905, part V, p.22, image no.610
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 19 July 2019


Gebr. Petersen

[Gebr. Petersen]
image by Jorge Candeias, 6 May 2004
[Gebr. Petersen #2]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 July 2019
   

The company was located in Flensburg. The flag is blue with a white roundel in the center (apparently outlined by a black border, but this is disputable) charged with the initials of the company: G.P. (apparently coloured red). The caption reads  "Gebr. Petersen" (Petersen brothers). In a variant the initials in the disc were black.
Source: Flaggenbuch 1905, part V, p.22, image no.611
Jorge Candeias, 6 May 2004 and Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 July 2019


H.A. Petersen

[H.A. Petersen] image by Jorge Candeias, 15 Dec 2004

The company was based in Flensburg. The flag is red with a broad white diagonal from the upper hoist to the lower fly and the initials "H.A.P." in the diagonal in black seriffed capitals.
Jorge Candeias and Jarig Bakker, 15 Dec 2004


Marquardt Petersen Reedereigesellschsft mbH

[Marquardt Petersen Reedereigesellschsft mbH] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 Aug 2019

The company was based in Flensburg. The flag was blue with a white disc in centre, having a black inscription "M.P.".
Source: Massary 1928, series 1, image no.189
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 Aug 2019


Martin Petersen

[Martin Petersen] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 July 2019

The company was based in Rostock. The flag was red, divided by a white centred cross. The horizontal cross bar had a black dotted inscription "M.P.".
Source: Flaggenbuch 1905, part V, p.13, image no.102
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 July 2019


Peterson & Söhne

[Peterson & Söhne] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 July 2012

The white flag has a horizontal blue stripe at top- and bottom edge. In the centre is a blue shield with a yellow bordure containing a white initial "P".
Source: Verband Deutscher Reeder homepage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 July 2012


J.C. Pflüger & Co.

[J.C. Pflüger &  Co.] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2012

The company was located in Bremen
The flag was a red over white over red horizontal triband with ratio approx 1:3:1. In the centre of the white stripe was a red cross patty.
Source: Lloyd 1912; p.135 , flag no.2096
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 May 2012


J.C. Pflugk

[J.C. Pflugk #1]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Apr 2007
[J.C. Pflugk #2]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 14 Apr 2012
   

The company used a 7-stripes flag with light green (FIAV-code V-) and white alternating horizontal stripes beginning with a green one. In the center was superimposed a white lozenge with thin red edges and a black serifed capital "P" in the middle. A variant is a ten stripes flag divided by alternating white and green stripes. In the centre is a red diamond containing a white capital "P".
Sources: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945", ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; inside cover. and [el1897]
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Apr 2007 / 14 Apr 2012


Reederei AG Phönix

[Reederei AG Phönix] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 July 2019

The company was based in Hamburg. The flag was white, parted by a broad blue saltire. Overall a red disc in centre, charged with a white Hamburg gate.
Source: Massary 1928, series 1, image no.96
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 30 July 2019


Margarethe Plump

[Margarethe Plump] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 Aug 2019

Schutenvermietung Marg. Plump, i.e. barge rental, a company based in Hamburg. The flag was white, divided by a black bend.
Source: Schnall funnel chart 1997
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 Aug 2019


H. Podeus

[H. Podeus]
image by Jorge Candeias, 18 Jan 2005
[H. Podeus bold letters]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Sep 2008
   

The flag, I mean: it very much seems to contain two different shades of red. If that is the case, then it's a red flag surrounded by a dark red border, in turn surrounded by another, white, border. In the red, apparently shifted to the hoist, the two initials of the company, in white: HP. The caption is also clearer than usual and, unless I'm very mistaken, reads H. Podeus.
Jorge Candeias, 31 Dec 2004

The photo causes some strange effects I suppose, see No. 1775 in the on-line 1912 Lloyds Flags & Funnels, aka 'H. Podeus, Wismar'. Surrounding the red, central rectangle there are no less than three borders. The initials are nicely centred in this picture.
This is a page (in German) presenting this firm, which was also active in automobile and (train) car manufacturing. Years of activity 1858-1932. 'H' stands for Heinrich (1832-1905), more about this entrepeneur here.
Jan Mertens, 1 Jan 2005

Hans Podeus, located in Wismar
It is a white flag with a cotised red rectangle in its centre. Upon the red field are white capitals "H P".
Source: [llo12] p.121, image no.1775
Note: My image is taken from a "Kapitänsbild"(lit.: captain's picture), painted 1910 bei J.H.Mohrmann, in Wismar's local museum, the Schabellhaus. It is an image, showing the vessel M.S. FRANZISKA PODEUS from a ship cruising a parallel course. The vessel has, different from Lloyds 1912 a black funnel with a ring showing the four white and red stripes of the city of Wismar before 1700. Upon the ring is a black inscription connecting the "H" and the "P". The basic colour of funnel in Lloyds 1912 is however white. At the beginning of steamship navigation for security reasons two additional masts had been requested until 1898. The houseflag is hoisted on the mizzenmast. An unknown flag, maybe a imperial German pilot flag is hoisted on the foremast. The houseflag is more or less the same like that one in Lloyds 1912 .
The vessel was sold to F.W.Fischer in Rostock in 1910. Hans PODEUS established the first steamship navigation company in Wismar in 1883.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 Sep 2008


Pohl Schiffahrtsgesellschaft

[Pohl Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (Shipping Company, Germany)] image by Jorge Candeias

Pohl Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG - Cycling towards the Danish-German border, I saw a ship on the Kiel canal; its house flag was a blue swallowtail with yellow top and bottom borders and centered 'P + C' in yellow.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 Aug 2001


Poljo Reederei Pohl & Jozwiak

[Poljo Reederei Pohl & Jozwiak]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Apr 2009
[Poljo Reederei Pohl & Jozwiak #2 ]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, based upon an image located by Neale Rosanoski, 12 Feb 2011
   

The company was located in Hamburg. It is a white flag with a red lozenge, cotized yellow and red, in its centre. White capitals "P" and "R" are in the lozenge.
Source: "Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen", 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.32.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 Apr 2009

The scan for this image has mislead. I enclose another image from the same source which shows that there is no yellow involved and the letters should be erect not angled, a display problem with all the flag images in these editions.The simple erect version is shown by US Navy 1961.
Pohl & Jozwiak originated in 1900 as boat builders. From 1952 to 1962 they were also ship owners through Poljo Reederei. The sons [?] of the founders died in 1974 and 1979 with Ernst Wernicke becoming sole owner. There were liquidity problems in 1988 which saw the company under administration limping on until another bankruptcy petition in 1995 seems to have ended affairs.
Neale Rosanoski, 12 Feb 2011


Pommerscher Industrie Verein

[Pommerscher Industrie Verein] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 July 2019

The company was based in Stettin. The flag was blue, divided by a white Scandinavian cross with white serfifed initials in the four quarters from top to bottom "PIVQ". (no idea about the "Q")
Source: Flaggenbuch 1905, part V, p.15, image no.237
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 July 2019


Reederei Poschke

[Reederei Poschke] image by Eugene Ipavec, 14 Jan 2010

Fahrgastschifffahrt Poschke GmbH is a German tourist shipping company, a family business - established at Born on the Baltic, to the N.W. of Stralsund, where the scenic bays, islands, and inland waterways provide a perfect setting. For further information click here.
Founded in 1990, Poschke operates four vessels one of which, RIVER STAR, is a Mississippi inspired, Polish built paddle-wheeler flying the CSA naval jack! For a view of the fleet, see "Schiffe" (i.e. ships), left menu: these may be chartered; meals and settings for marriage ceremonies are offered; in fact the fleet is active the whole year round.
Shown on some ship's photos and as a drawing, Poschke's house flag is blue bearing a white upright anchor surmounted by white initials "RP" and a white eight-pointed star in each corner. See also the two video (left menu), esp. the second one (01:37-01:41) for shots of the flag waving: here
(An earlier flag seems to have been in use, so stay tuned please.)
Jan Mertens, 11 Jan 2010


F. Poschke

[F. Poschke] image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 Jul 2010

Tentatively: white field, two black triangles placed on the vertical edges, and in the centre a black and white logo consisting of stylized initials "FP" above a mainly black wave. "F" then probably stands for "Fahrgastschiffahrt" (i.e. tourist shipping) and does not represent the owner's Christian name (which would be Andreas, in fact).
Sources: Zingster Strandbote showing vessel 'STÖRTEBEKER'
Jan Mertens, 12 Jan 2010


J. F. Prochnow

[J. F. Prochnow] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 July 2019

The company was based in Rügenwalde. The flag was blue, divided by a white saltire, white initals in the quarters "J" (hoist) "F" (top) "P" (fly) and in the bottom quarter a white 6-point star.
Source: Flaggenbuch 1905, part V, p.15, image no.250
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 13 July 2019


KG Projex Schiffahrtsgesellschaft

[KG Projex Schiffahrtsgesellschaft] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider,17 July 2012

The company is located in Hamburg. It is a dark blue flag. A white inscription "PX" stands between two celestial blue wavy lines.
Source: Verband Deutscher Reeder homepage
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 17 July 2012


Pure Oil Co.

[Pure Oil Co. (Hamburg)]
image by Jorge Candeias, 17 Jan 2005
[Pure Oil Co.#2 (Pennsylvania Trading Co. AG)]
3:5 image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 July 2012
   

There must have been a change in name. See No. 1691 of the on-line 1912 Lloyds Flags & Funnels, i.e. 'Pure Oil Co.,G.m.b.H., Hamburg', the abbreviation indicating a limited liability company (UK usage). Initials 'P.O.C.' Interestingly, there's another symbol on the funnel but I can't place it.
Jan Mertens, 27 Dec 2004

This was the moment to sign off... but a quick peek revealed an FOTW contribution by Joe McMillan:
Pure Oil Company, Chicago (1895-?)
The Pure Oil Company was originally established in Pennsylvania but later moved its headquarters to Chicago. Its main marketing area was in the Midwest and its tanker operations therefore were predominantly on the Great Lakes and the Midwestern rivers. I have found two flags:
The first image (Source: www.steamship.net (no longer available)) is divided per saltire, red and white, with a blue rectangle on the center bearing the white initials "POC" (see left image above).
Jorge Candeias, 17 Jan 2005

Pure Oil Company (Pennsylvania Trading Co. AG)
The initials in the centre are not dotted. The field at the flyend is also blue (see right image above).
Source: Otto Mathies: "Hamburgs Reederei 1814 - 1914", Hamburg 1924, p.201
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 10 July 2012


Vincenz Putz & Co

[Vincenz Putz & Co] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Aug 2019

The company was based in Wesermünde. The flag had five horizontal stripes yellow-black-white-red-yellow, the yellow stripes were a bit smaller, the white stripe had a black, serifed inscription "W.P. & Co.", the "o" lifted and double underlined.
Source: Massary 1928, series 1, image no.163
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 Aug 2019


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