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Just a guess: possibly a houseflag. Several Dutch shipping companies
had tricolors in the canton, some RWB, like the HSM,
Hollandsche Stoomboot Maatschappij, which had a white field with red capitals
HSM. In Groningen were very small companies, sometimes owning only one
coaster, and I suppose it will be hard to find the company. Which digits
are written on the field?
Jarig Bakker, 17 Apr 2002
This sounds like the flag of a Seaman's College (Zeemanscollege).
Several of them have a Dutch canton. The number would be the captain's
But I don't know which one this would be. If the ship is from Groningen one would expect a member of De Groninger Eendracht, but then the flag would have been white, and the number would have been preceded with "Gr". Of course, by 1949 the captain could well have been from a town different from the ships home port.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 17 Apr 2002
I can say that the inscription says:
'In memory of Fokko Smit 2nd Engineer
and the crew of MV Atlas of Groningen
wrecked near the Shutter during the night of Octr 9/10 1942.
"The Sea is His and He made it".'
[The Shutter is a rock].
I didn't write down the number on the flag (assuming that I would have it on the photo), but I am 99% certain that it consisted just of three digits and no letters.
André Coutanche, 17 Apr 2002
I've seen a flag, hoisted on a big motorboat, in the Netherlands. It's
a black flag, with a yellow rectangle in the middle. I hope you know where
this flag stands for.
Dion van der Born, 26 May 2004
Mr. R.R. de Vries sent this image. The photo shows the Dutch flag, the
flag of Terschelling in Fryslân province
(a five-band) and a red trapezoid burgee, with possibly something in the
canton, at the hoist a castle-like item, and at the fly the Terschelling
flag. What is it? I have asked the Terschelling municipal administration,
which knew nothing.
Stefan Lambrechts only found the burgee of "Het Wakend Oog" YC, with its intimidating burgee; it may be a burgee, a jumelage flag - or whatever.
Jarig Bakker, 28 Jul 2005