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Schlüter & Maack (German Trading and Shipping Company)

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Schlüter & Maack

[Schlüter&Maack] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 31 Mar 2007

Schlüter & Maack existed as a mere trading company in Hamburg since 1820. Though the first ship was acquired in 1886 the shipping company was established in 1903. After WWI the last two steamships of the company were sold and the shipping-company was dissolved. The trading company exists still today.
The company used a white flag with a shield in its centre. In a yellow field is arm dressed in red holding a blue key in a white hand.
"Schlüter" can be translater as the man who locks the door and therefore holds the key.
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; p.148ff.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 31 Mar 2007

Schlüter & Maack. The company had a fleet of sailing ships until the end of WW1 when the [surviving?] fleet was confiscated. They built 2 steamers in 1922/3, one being sold in 1926 and the last in 1935. Going by the Lloyd Reedereiflaggen cigarette card collection of 1933 their cargoes were then carried by Knöhr & Burchard Nachfolger. I enclose 3 images which may help define the flag.
(1) is the logo as shown on the company website which at first glance I took to be an arm, extending to the shoulder, holding to an arrow but on looking closer it is apparently a key with a pointed triangular end with the wards uppermost rather than having the oval end as shown by Klaus-Michael's source. (see below).
(2) Klaus-Michael's source from Jürgen Meyer which shows the width of the letters and which are constant [as is also shown by 2 other sources found which include the Massary cigarette collection of 1930]. (see below).
(3) the image from Lloyds 1912 No. 2073 which shows the shoulder with its padded clothing effect being shown. As far as their "key" is concerned, to me it looks more like a [burglar's] jemmy. (see below).
Be as it may, if the logo is considered likely to have been replicated on the flag in design, not colours, and the letters amended, then your experts may wish to change the current image.
Neale Rosanoski, 17 Dec 2009

Schlüter & Maack variants

[Schlüter&Maack logo] [Schlüter&Maack variant2] [Schlüter&Maack variant] images sent by Neale Rosanoski, 17 Dec 2009

logo image from from Jürgen Meyer, burglar's jemmy from Lloyds 1912 No. 2073

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