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The flag is pretty simple: quartered per saltire of white and blue.
But the caption... it seems to have two initials in the start, the first
being an E or, less probably, an L, and the second being a C. Then, there's
a long word that begins with and S... Schrasbet?! Finally, the thing seems
to end with a "& Co.".
Jorge Candeias, 24 Dec 2004
That is "E.C. Schramm & Co., Bremen".
Jarig Bakker, 24 Dec 2004
This interesting page
presents German towage companies and their sturdy vessels: One of these
firms is Hans Schramm & Sohn (i.e. Son, jm) GmbH & Co. KG established
at Brunsbüttel (see middle of page).
We are shown a flagoid, also encountered on the funnel of ‘Parat’: Blue field with red cross throughout, in centre a white shield with black initials ‘AS’.
See second photo on this Tugspotter page (‘Moritz’- apparently no longer with the firm) for a real item, photo by Wout and Leon Ahts, and ‘Corvin’, also on a Tugspotter page (first photo by Hans Vuik, about one third down); Company website, using the house flag in a see-through fashion: We learn that the firm was founded in 1926 near the Nord-Ostsee-Kanal at Brunsbüttel and therefore is active on the North Sea as well as on the Baltic (the canal links both seas) and in inland shipping, too. At the moment 27 vessels of various kinds (tugs, floating crane, pontoon, tankers, etc.) are operated.
Moreover Schramm provides maritime services such as mooring, cleaning, warehousing, containment of oil spillage, etc.
A much smaller shield appears on German eBay offer no. 160181255392
(end 23 Nov 2007) put up by “maiti35” who said it belongs to “Heinrich
Schramm”, surely a mistake.
FOTW-ws page on the flag of Oldenburg which obviously inspired the above.
Jan Mertens, 29 Jul 2008