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3:5 image by Santiago Dotor, based on the image in van
adopted 28 Sep 1929
It is interesting to note that the flag was adopted before the arms
which are quite different, see Ralf Hartemink's International
Civic Arms website. Stadler 1964-1972
also describes the flag, but doesn't mention the wavy bars. Keyser
1939-1974 (1952) also mentions a flag for Borkum (presumably the same),
describing it as "similar to the English flag
(!), with a green field".
Stefan Schwoon, 27 Mar 2001
The Borkum flag was established in Sept. 28th 1929, by local teacher
Jacob Everts Teerling; first hoisting in public was on the beach promenade
July 31st 1930. Its present form was given in the 1950's by Borkum resident
Henning Hobein. Source: van Heijnigen 1998.
Gerd Winkelmann, 12 Mar 2002
Mediis tranquillus in undis (Calm in the midst of the waves):
Borkum's latin motto dates back to that of William I of Orange, nicknamed
the Silent who acted as the defender of Protestantism in the war
between Spain and the Netherlands
(1568-1648). Borkum and specially Emden were
at that time refuge states for protestant refugees coming from the Netherlands.
Gerd Winkelmann, translated by Santiago Dotor, 20 Mar 2002
I would like to remark that the blue of the sky and the sea in the central
disk is the same dark blue as in the canton.
Henning Hobein, 15 Jun 2002
City of Borkum (Leer county; Lower Saxony)
Description of flag: The differences to the flag already depictes as follows: The green colour is darker and has a grassy shade. The seal in the centre is clearly bigger and the shape of the kighthouse is different, especially the windows containing the fire are bigger. Furthermore the width of cross bars is 1/3 of total height.
Source: I spotted this flag on 14 September 2009 at a stop of Borkum line ferry near Knock tide gate, Krummhörn municipality.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 22 Sep 2009