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Germania-Ruderclub in Hamburg

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[first flag of Germania-Ruderclub] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 24 Apr 2006 See also:


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 GRV beteiligte."
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