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Germania-Ruderclub in Hamburg
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image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 Apr 2006
Very first flag of Germania-Ruderclub in Hamburg.
Unfortunately it is not, as I promised, the very first flag of a rowing
club in Germany, for the Germania-Ruder-Club was that part of "Der
Hamburger und Germania Ruder Club", which was established later.
Description of the flag: It's a square flag. Its basic colour might
have been purple but today it looks like a dim rose.
In the centre of the flag is a two-headed black eagle with golden beaks
and claws. He holds an imperial globe in his sinister claw and a golden
sceptre and a black cord in his dexter claw. The eagle wears a bendy divided
inescutcheon upon its breast. The colours are black, red and yellow from
sinister to dexter. The inescutcheon has a narrow yellow border. The whole
is topped by a crown.
You can see this flag in the boat-house of "Der Hamburger und
Germania Ruder Club", Alsterufer 21 in Hamburg. Below the flag there is
a small copperplate with the following engraving:
"Erste Flagge des GRV, gearbeitet von den Damen Auguste Fülleber,
Madeleine Witt, Georgine Delaval und Auguste Lorenzen, und überreicht am
28.August 1853 gelegentlich der 1. Alster-Ruder-Regatta, an der sich der
Translation: "First flag of the GRV, handmade by the ladies A.F., M.W.,
G.D. and A.L., and handed over on 28th August 1853 on the occasion
of the 1st Alster-Ruder-Regatta, in which the GRV took part."
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Apr 2006