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Förde Reederei (German Shipping Company)

Last modified: 2019-07-09 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Forde Reederei] image by Jarig Bakker, 3 Jan 2006 See also:

Brief History

Another photo, clickable, showing FRS and Eils in October 2005.
The following FRS history page. Its predecessor presented the Flensburg based FRS Group as being active in North German tourist shipping; in ferry lines to Denmark, Finland, and Estonia; in linking Spain and Morocco, also by ferry; and operating bus services at Flensburg: "In recent years, FRS has grown from a regional passenger ferry operator to an internationally active business group with more than 27 vessels and 735 staff. In 2007, FRS carried 5.6 million passengers and 1.6 million vehicles in total. The FRS success story as a short route ferry operator goes all the way back to 1866."

Questions: As to Förde/FRS, when was the present flag introduced and how was the new design explained?  On the other hand, was the simple Förde flag already flown in 1866?
Jan Mertens, 12 May 2009

Förde Reederei

[Forde Reederei] image by Jarig Bakker, 3 Jan 2006

Förde Reederei G.m.b.H., Flensburg - blue flag, yellow standing anchor.
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 3 Jan 2006


[Helgoline] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Apr 2012

According to Josef Nüsse the company is/was located in Flensburg. According to the company website the line belongs to FRS group. Helgoline runs a line from Hamburg to Helgoland with stops in Wedel and Cuxhaven. The company has two vessels: 1) classic MS "ATLANTIS" and 2) speed catamaran HSC "HALUNDER JET". (Halunder is the local version of the Frisian language spoken on the island of Helgoland.)
Description of flag:
It is a green over white over red over white flag. The red part is narrow at the hoist and opens like a funnel to the hoist side. In the white part at the bottom is an inscription in italic: "Helgo(geen, bold)line"(red). In the green part at the fly is a white flying bird with a y-shaped tail, perhaps an albatros. For further information click:company's webpage
Source: I spotted this flag in the harbour area of Hamburg on 10 January 2012.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 6 Apr 2012

Reederei Hiddensee

[Reederei Hiddensee (Shipping Company, Germany)] image by Al Fisher, 17 May 2005

Blue flag with a wide red stripe, fimbriated white, from bottom hoist to top fly, bearing a white anchor. On the top hoist a white letter "R", on the bottom fly a white letter "H".
Santiago Dotor, 17 May 2005

Seetouristik GmbH & Co.

[Seetouristik G.m.b.H. & Co.] image by Jarig Bakker, 2 Feb 2006

Seetouristik G.m.b.H. & Co. K.G., Norden Hafen - flag horizontal blue over yellow; white shield, black "S".
Image after Brown's Flags and Funnels Shipping Companies of the World, compiled by J.L. Loughran, Glasgow, 1995 [lgr95]
Jarig Bakker, 2 Feb 2006

Förde Reederei Seetouristik (Römö-Sylt-Linie)

[Förde Reederei Römö-Sylt-Linie]
image by Eugene Ipavec based on an image located by Jan Mertens shot on 18 May 2007 by Martin Leuschner, 12 May 2009

"Förde Reederei Seetouristik" (i.e. Förde Shipping Co. Sea Tourism) or FRS in short flies a radically different flag illustrated on the obsolete Elbebilder site: Yellow field, stylised italic initials "FRS" which are coloured, remarkably, per ascending saltire, green above blue.
Jan Mertens, 12 May 2009

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