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F. Laeisz (German Shipping Company)

Reederei F. Laeisz, Hamburg

Last modified: 2014-06-28 by klaus-michael schneider
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[F. Laeisz, Hamburg] image by Ivan Sache, 14 Jan 2004 See also:

F. Laeisz, Hamburg

Following the link found by Joe Mc Millan - The Mystic Seaport Foundation, we can reach the 1911 Lloyd's flagbook, whose full title is (after the scan of the cover): 'Lloyd's book of house flags and funnels of the principal steamship lines of the world and the house flags of various lines of sailing vessels', published at Lloyd's Royal Exchange. London. E.C.
On p. 133, we have: #2030. F. Laeisz, Hamburg. The flag is white with red letters F L. The company still exists.
Ivan Sache, 14 Jan 2004

According to source the 3-stars flag was introduced in December 1989, the stars have been taken from the family’s coat of arm. But I know definitely, that the HQ today uses the “old” flag without stars.
Source: Hans-Georg PRAGER: “ F. Laeisz- vom Frachtsegler zum Kühlschiff, Containerschiff und Bulk Carrier“, 3.ed., Herford 1994, ISBN 3-7822-0617-7
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 9 Apr 2009

F. Laeisz with stars

[F. Laeisz with stars] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 August 2008

Reederei F. Laeisz, Hamburg
Description of flag: It is a plain white flag with red serifed  capitals “FL” in its centre. In the canton are 3 red 5-point stars in triangular constellation (one above two). The company today uses the flag without stars.
Source: I found an image of this flag on the website of J.Nüsse.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 11 August 2008

This page (in German) explains the stars as representing three branches of the firm: commerce, insurance, and shipping.
This company page shows the house flag bearing the stars.
Jan Mertens, 18 Aug 2008