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Now, this flag is very similar to the flag Joseph Nuesse's House
Flags site shows for a company called "Chr. F. Ahrenkiel Hamburg".
The main difference is
that the flag on my source has no canton.
The other main difference is in the caption. It is not readable, but
I don't think the initials have anything in common with the initials of
"Chr. F. Ahrenkiel Hamburg". The first initial, the "stand-alone" initial,
so to speak, looks suspiciously as an M (or, perhaps, an H), the second
one, the one in the first word is very probably a Z, and the last one just
has to be an A, which is the only similarity with the above.
Jorge Candeias, 13 May 2004
In Wolter's "See und Seefahrt", 1968 the flag is shown with the
canton for Christian F. Ahrenkiel - Ahrenkiel & Bena, Hamburg.
Jarig Bakker, 13 May 2004
Can you please advise me what flag it is in the attachment. It seems
to be a local flag from the Hamburg region, Germany.
Reinhard Kluge, 9 May 2005
That is the houseflag of Christian F. Ahrenkiel, Hamburg, and Ahrenkiel
& Bene, Hamburg. Bigger image at this
Jarig Bakker, 9 May 2005
Michael Jebsen: I was very surprised to see a flag like that of Ahrenkiel
but with another name. The version depicted in chapter 16 of source has
however golden objects on a blue cloth (three fish and garland). The company
was located in Apenrade (today: Aabenraa), existed from 1898 to 1901 and
was running a passenger- and cargo-line to Tsingtau, in those days being
the harbour of German protectorate Kiautschou. The companies history you
can read according to source in Ernst HIEKE: "Die Reederei M.Jebsen
A.G. Apenrade", 1953.
On the flagchart of source the depicted flag is totally the same like that one of Ahrenkiel. There is also depicted a completely black funnel. So I think, the version, described by Jorge Candeias on 13 May 2004 might be a Jebsen flag instead of an Ahrenkiel variant.
(see attached file: de~mjebsen.gif)
Source: Arnold KLUDAS: Die Geschichte der deutschen Passagierschiffahrt (5 Bde.), Hamburg 1986; Reprint Laibach Slovenia-Buch Nr. 03617-8, p.223
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 1 June 2007
The house flag of "Michael Jebsen" is shown above, as blue with three yellow fishes surrounded by a golden wreath of leaves.
Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of "M. Jebsen" (#32, p. 38), a company based in Hamburg, as blue with a white diamond charged with a red letter "E".
"M. Jebsen" is not necessarily "Michael Jebsen". which is said on the
FOTW website to have existed only from 1898 to 1901. A website
dedicated to the Danish port of Aabenraa mentions Jebsen as the main local
shipowners' dynasty: "Only one of the well known ship owners,- Michael
Jebsen-, saw the great potential in the steam ship, and he tried in vain
to persuade the local investors and shipbuilders to hire technical people,
who could rivet steel plates together, and install machines, boilers and
pipe systems , but all in vain. Nobody was interested. Eventually he had
to go to Germany to find a ship builder who was willing to built his steam
ship, and since then Jebsen never again contracted a sailing ship for his
As a result of his foresight, his company is now the only surviving of the once so powerful ship owning community in Aabenraa.
But today Jebsen & Co. does not any longer operate their own fleet of ships! It stopped in the seventies , but if you go to Hong Kong ,- or for that matter the whole Far East region -, the company has grown very big out there with about 4 - 5000 people employed in offices all over Asia!"
page of the Aabenra website, dedicated to the "Emma Jebsen" ship, shows
the funnel emblem of Jebsen as blue with the "three mackerels" surrounded
by two branches, here white.
""The Three Mackerels" is the office flag of Jebsen & Co., and this logo was painted on all ships funnels in the Jebsen fleet.
"The Three Mackerels" are inspired from the city of Aabenraa's coat of arms , which also displays three mackerels , but all swimming in the same direction, while one of them in the Jebsen logo swims in the opposite direction.
For fun we used to say, that the symbolism behind that was, that two of the mackerels were on their way out in the big world to make money, while the third one was returning with the profit! Therefore different directions."
The"Three Mackerels emblem" is carved on the tombstone
of Hans Jacob Jensen (1921-1979) in the cemetary of Aabenra.
Ivan Sache, 15 Mar 2008