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Oostmahorn / Eastmahorn is a neighbourhood, belonging to the village
of Anjum, on the coast of the former Lauwerszee and used to be the place,
where the ferry to Schiermonnikoog departed. Since the drymaking of the
Lauwerszee the hamlet is concentrating on tourism (=project development).
The plan of "Esonstad" is part of that new development.
The bow and arrow have been adopted to remind of the entrenchment which existed here until the 19th century (Oostmahorn is locally known as "de Skâns"). It also reminds of the family Toxopeus, which was mostly known because they rescued many sailors with the rescuing boat "Insulinde", and is derived from the family's Coat of Arms. The arrow is aimed at the east - the direction from where the enemy always came. (except for the French, who are still remembered in the books of Siebe van Aengium about "De Smokkelaars van de Schans".)
The colors are the Oostergo-colors - red and silver. The "kogge" refers to the legendary trading town of Esonstad / Esonst?d, which is supposed to have drowned in the 13th century. It is gold, referring to the gold which was earned by the trade. The triangle points at the "horn"-corner. The yellow color is for the sand on the beach and the cockle-shells are still collected from the bottom of the Waddenzee. The flag is based on the flag of Oostergo; the white stripes are wavy as they symbolize the sea. Towards the hoist the kogge from the Coat of Arms has been placed.
Because Oostmahorn does not have the status of a village, and the Coat of Arms
and flag have been designed mostly for the "historic" expansion, Coat of Arms and
flag were registered without the status of village Coat of Arms and -flag.
Design: J.C. Terluin, member Fryske Rie foar Heraldyk
Source: Genealogysk Jierboekje 2002.
Encyclopedie van Friesland. Leeuwarden, 1958.
Jarig Bakker, 17 Aug 2003