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Deutsche Reedereiflaggen (i)

Last modified: 2019-08-08 by klaus-michael schneider
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[Germany] 3:5 image by António Martins-Tuválkin
German merchant ensign Other "I" companies: See also:

Berliner Krahn Gesellschaft Richard Ihle

[Berl. Krahn Ges. Richard Ihle] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 16 Jun 2012

The blue pennant is cotized white with a red zig zag line in the white stripes. In the centre is a white inscription "BKG".
Source: Gratis Beilage zu Deicken und Behrmann's Neuen Monatsheften Neue Ausgabe Sommer 1897
Klaus-Michael Schneider and Jörg M. Karaschewski, 16 Jun 2012

Interoceana Schiffahrtsgesellschaft

[Interoceana Schiffahrtsgesellschaft] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 Apr 2009

INTEROCEANA Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH
The company was located in Hamburg. It is a white flag divided by two horizontal red stripes. This flag has the same pattern like NYK line flags, at least a variant.
Source: "Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen"; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.23
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 4 Apr 2009

Hermann Otto Ippen

[Hermann Otto Ippen] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 Aug 2019

The company was based in Stettin. The flag was red with a throughout green lozenge, charged with yellow initials "O" and "I", forming a Greek letter Phi. In 1933 the company had seven freighters and one tugboat. It operated in the Baltic Sea.
Sources: Massary 1928, series 1, image no.130 and Lloyd 1933, p.11 image no.58
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 2 Aug 2019

F. Ivers & Co.

[F. Ivers & Co.] image by Jorge Candeias, 1 Dec 2004

The flag is white with a cross, seemingly composed by 4 red and white stripes in the vertical arms and 5 green and white stripes in the horizontal arms, plus something yellow in the center. I'd advise you to take my GIF with a grain of salt because it might include some errors.
As I read it, the caption seems to read "F. Jvers", but since another "Jvers" was corrected as Ivers, I suppose the same thing happens here. The first letter looks a lot like a J, though, but that's possibly a font thing.
Jorge Candeias, 1 Dec 2004

The firm is F. Ivers & Co., Stettin (pre-WW2 Germany). The flag with the remarkable cross can be seen here (on-line 1912 Lloyd's Flags & Funnels) as No. 206 with probably the initial 'I' in the centre of the cross which repeats the colours of the combined Swedish-Norwegian flag I bet. (Not unusual, given the location.) Neptune! it's a 'herring salad' in cross form!
Jan Mertens, 2 Dec 2004

Ivers & Arlt

[Ivers & Arlt] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2009

Ivers & Arlt: In 1876 Christian Ivers and established the ship broker company Ivers & Paulsen, located in Kiel. They attended ships of Sartori & Berger, Johannes Ick and L.F.Mathies. Since 1881 the company ran own vessels. Christian?s son Hans F. Ivers started in 1910 a company as a representative of Ivers&Paulsen. In 1913 two merchants from Königsberg, Curt Ivers and Max Arlt joined the company.
Max Arlt later established his own company, named Preußenlinie Arlt & Co KG. Curt left the company in 1933 and was replaced by Emil Richard, Horst Arlt, the son of Max joined the company in 1938.
The company had an intimate cooperation with Stinnes K.I.A., it was limitated to ships that could be used in coastal and inland shipping as well. At the end of WWI2 all the equipment based in Königsberg got lost, but the fleet was saved and was transferred to Lübeck. In 1950 the company moved to Bremen, coastal shipping remained the main branch. In 1952 the company established a coastal service in Ceylon. Due to this purpose in 1953 the Ceylon Coastal Shipping Company was established, which was renamed Sri Lanka Shipping in 1956. In 1962 enormous amounts for manning of ships were needed and in 1963 the company went into bankruptcy first time. Ferdinand Müller, a merchant from Bremen tried a revival of the company in 1986 but he had to give up in November 1986.
Temporarely there existed also a Iversa Reederei GmbH (Kurt Ivers & Arlt), running only one ship.
Source:, maintained by Klaus-Peter Bühne

Description of flag:
It was a red flag. In its centre was a white shield, containing a black cross, referring Königsberg. The Teutonic Order had the same arms. The cross was superimposed by a white inscription, fimbriated black "J&A", "J" substituting "I".
Source: "Deutsche Reedereien und ihre Erkennungszeichen"; 2nd ed.; Hamburg; 1956; p.23
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 Oct 2009