Nazi German merchant ensign (1935-1945)

Nazi German merchant ensign, pattern 1935-45, from SS 'Rheingold'. The flag is made of wool bunting, with a cotton hoist and is machine sewn at the ends (the sides are selvedge edges). The flag has a red field with a white disc in the centre bearing a black swastika. All of the design has been printed onto the surface of the fabric. A rope and clip are attached for hoisting.

SS 'Rheingold' was captured on 25 October 1939 by HMS 'Delhi', under Captain Louis Henry Keppel Hamilton (1890-1957).

Object Details

ID: AAA0483
Collection: Flags
Type: Civil ensign
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Gath and Peine
Places: Germany
Events: World War II, 1939-1945; World War II: Rheingold-Delhi Action, 1939
Vessels: Delhi (1918); Rheingold 1922 [SS]
Date made: 1935-1939; 1935-39 1935-45
People: Hamilton, Louis Henry Keppel
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: flag: 1498.6 x 2590.8 mm

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