For starters, said flag, life size, see also the drawing used by the Binnenvaart
site (NL). A description of the former house flag: white field, light
blue cross throughout, a yellow ring (with black holding lines) in the
centre enclosing the Bavarian lozenges which, as we know, are white and
Source: German eBay offer no. 220073019601 (end 28 Jan 2007) put up
by “ohndangdang”, dimensions given as 100 cm x 150 cm.
The version shown on the Binnenvaart site has much more lozenges and
the ring fits neatly inside the cross, consistent with the image shown
by ‘Flaggen auf dem Rhein’ (1952 ed.).
Interestingly, this book lists no less than four (related) companies
flying this flag:
- Rhenania Allgemeine Speditions-Aktiengesellschaft (i.e. Rhenania
General Forwarding Co.) at Duisburg
- “Rhenania” Schiffahrts- & Speditions-Gesellschaft m.b.H. (i.e.
Rhenania” Shipping and Forwarding Co.) at Mannheim
- “Rhenania” Wormser Lagerhaus- & Transport-G.m.b.H. (i.e. “Rhenania”
Worms Warehousing and Transport Co.) at Worms
- Münchener Lagerhaus- und Transport-G.m.b.H. (i.e. Munich Warehousing
and Transport Co.) at Munich.
‘Binnenvaart’ lists at least two more, ‘Rhenania Verwaltungs GmbH’
(i.e. Rhenania Management Co.) at Mannheim and ‘Rhenania AG’ at Basel,
Jan Mertens, 13 Aug 2009
Wincanton branch Rhenania
image by Eugene Ipavec, 24 Jun 2009
22 Sep 2008 article (in German) presents Wincanton, a British logistics
enterprise, celebrating a German centenary inland shipping company 'Rhenania',
founded in 1908, was taken over in 2003: Wincanton
presence in Germany: Shipping proper is considered under intermodal
transport and includes: Ro-ro barge services - Conventional barges - Container
barge shipping (...) - Container terminal operation - Deep sea forwarding
/ management (...) Inland port management.
A specific house flag was shown on a German inland shipping discussion
site: currently unreachable: Dark blue with a modified Wincanton brand:
a white oval bears a dark blue oval rim, getting thinner at upper right
and lower left, enclosing the company name 'Wincanton' in dark blue italic
letters, twice underlined by a light blue and a dark blue stripe, respectively
(the stripes are pointed at the right end); at lower left, still enclosed
withtin the rim but subordinate, is placed the name 'Rhenania' in light
blue italic letters.
This flag is almost certainly no longer used, at least officially (I
have a second photo of a large size flag spread out on the floor).
logo download page.
Jan Mertens, 1 Jun 2009
Rhenania Shipping Corp
image by Jarig Bakker, 22 Feb 2006
Rhenania Shipping Corp, Lübeck - blue flag, white "R".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World,
compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 22 Feb 2006