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Last modified: 2008-05-03 by jarig bakker
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Neue Pellwormer Dampfschiffahrts Gesellschaft

[Neue Pellwormer Dampfschiffahrts Gesellschaft] image by Jarig Bakker, 3 Jul 2004

Neue Pellwormer Dampfschiffahrts Gesellschaft mbH. (New Pellworm Steamship Society) after company website - Pellworm is an island before the coast of Schleswig; this company operates a ferry to Husum, and cruises amongst the German wadden-islands. In 1872 the Pellwormer citizens founded the "Pellwormer Dampfschiffsreederei". After difficulties with the German postal authorities it was closed down, to be refounded on 16 May 1902 as the present company.
Jarig Bakker, 3 Jul 2004

Kapitän R. Peschkau

[Kapitän R.Peschkau] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Apr 2007

Kapitän R.Peschkau - The company used a black over white over red horizontal tricolour. In its centre was a white oval with a black logo consisting of the black capitals "R" and "P".
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; inside cover.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 12 Apr 2007

H. Peters

[H. Peters] image by Jorge Candeias, 5 Jan 2005

This flag is a triband of white-blue-ehite with large white initials HP in the center of the blue area. The only thing that is unclear is the proportions of the white stripes. It seems to me that the top white stripe is about half the size of the bottom one, but I may be wrong. In any case, the middle stripe is a lot larger than the other two. The caption is perfectly clear: H. Peters.
Jorge Candeias, 5 Jan 2005

H. Peters Reederei, Hamburg. Wolters' "See und Seefahrt", 1968, has the top stripe twice as wide as the bottom one, equalling out your observation. HP in that book is serifed.
Jarig Bakker, 5 Jan 2005

Gebr. Petersen

[Gebr. Petersen] image by Jorge Candeias, 6 May 2004

The flag is blue with a white roundel in the center (apparently outlined by a black border, but this is disputable) charged with the initials of the company: G.P. (apparently coloured red). The caption reads  "Gebr. Petersen" (Petersen brothers).
Jorge Candeias, 6 May 2004

H.A. Petersen

[H.A. Petersen] image by Jorge Candeias, 15 Dec 2004

The flag is red with a broad white diagonal from the upper hoist to the lower fly and the initials "H.A.P." in the diagonal in black seriffed capitals. Unless I'm very mistaken, the caption reads H. A. Petersen.
Jorge Candeias, 15 Dec 2004

Yup, that's H.A. Petersen, Flensburg.
Jarig Bakker, 15 Dec 2004

J.C. Pflugk

[J.C. Pflugk] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Apr 2007

J.C. Pflugk - The company used a 7-stripes flag with light green(FIAV-code V-) and white alternating horizontal stripes beginning with a green one. In the centre was superimposed a white lozenge with thin red edges and a black serifed capital "P" in the middle.
Source: Jürgen Meyer: "Hamburger Segelschiffe von 1795-1945"; ISBN 3-89225-400-1; Hamburg 1999; inside cover.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 5 Apr 2007

H. Podeus

[H. Podeus] image by Jorge Candeias, 18 Jan 2005

The flag, I mean: it very much seems to contain two different shades of red. If that is the case, then it's a red flag surrounded by a dark red border, in turn surrounded by another, white, border. In the red, apparently shifted to the hoist, the two initials of the company, in white: HP. The caption is also clearer than usual and, unless I'm very mistaken, reads H. Podeus.
Jorge Candeias, 31 Dec 2004

The photo causes some strange effects I suppose, see No. 1775 in the on-line 1912 Lloyds Flags & Funnels, aka 'H. Podeus, Wismar'. Surrounding the red, central rectangle there are no less than three borders. The initials are nicely centred in this picture.
This is a page (in German) presenting this firm, which was also active in automobile and (train) car manufacturing. Years of activity 1858-1932. 'H' stands for Heinrich (1832-1905), more about this entrepeneur here.
Jan Mertens, 1 Jan 2005

Pohl Schiffahrtsgesellschaft

[Pohl Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG (Shipping Company, Germany)] image by Jorge Candeias

Pohl Schiffahrtsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG - Cycling towards the Danish-German border, I saw a ship on the Kiel canal; its house flag was a blue swallowtail with yellow top and bottom borders and centered 'P + C' in yellow.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 27 Aug 2001

L. Possehl

[L. Possehl] image by Ivan Sache, 24 Apr 2008

Lloyd's Book of House Flags and Funnels (1912) shows the house flag of "L. Possehl & Co." (#301, p. 51), a company based in Lübeck, as white with a  black  "P" inscribed in a white lozenge bordered in red.

The company was founded by Ludwig Possehl on 1 May 1847 for the local  trade of coal and iron. In 1873, Ludwig Possehl was succeeded  by his elder son Emil, while the company became the leader of trade in Lübeck. Before the First World War, Possehl, Senator of Lübeck, was the main importer of Swedish ore to Germany and the company, also involved in steelworks, quarries and mines, managed its own fleet.The company still exists as a production, trading and services company.
Source: company website.
Ivan Sache, 24 Apr 2008

Pure Oil Co. (Hamburg)

[Pure Oil Co. (Hamburg)] image by Jorge Candeias, 17 Jan 2005

There must have been a change in name. See No. 1691 of the on-line 1912 Lloyds Flags & Funnels, i.e. 'Pure Oil Co.,G.m.b.H., Hamburg', the abbreviation indicating a limited liability company (UK usage). Initials 'P.O.C.' Interestingly, there's another symbol on the funnel but I can't place it.
Jan Mertens, 27 Dec 2004

This was the moment to sign off... but a quick peek revealed an FOTW contribution by Joe McMillan:
"Pure Oil Company, Chicago (1895-?)
The Pure Oil Company was originally established in Pennsylvania but later moved its headquarters to Chicago. Its main marketing area was in the Midwest and its tanker operations therefore were predominantly on the Great Lakes and the Midwestern rivers. I have found two flags:
- The first image (Source: (no longer available)) is divided per saltire, red and white, with a blue rectangle on the center bearing the white initials POC (...)"
Jorge Candeias, 17 Jan 2005