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  Blue Ensign - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Blue Ensign is a flag, one of several British ensigns, used by certain organisations or territories associated with the United Kingdom.
The ensign originated in the 1600's with the St.
Thus, after 1864, the plain blue ensign is permitted to be worn, instead of the Red Ensign, by two categories of civilian vessel: First, British merchant vessels whose officers and crew include a certain number of retired Royal Navy personnel, or Royal Navy reservists.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Blue_Ensign   (650 words)

  
 Red Ensign - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Until 1864, the Red Ensign was the principal ensign of the Royal Navy, and as such it was worn by ships of the Red Squadron of the navy, as well as by those warships that were not assigned to any squadron (i.e., those sailing under independent command).
A few years later (1867–1869), the Admiralty determined that the blue ensign charged with an appropriate badge in the fly would be used as the ensign by those ships in the armed, or public, service of the many British colonies.
As a result, the Blue Ensign was used throughout the Empire and thus became the model for the flags used by a number of colonies and former colonies in the British Empire.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Red_Ensign   (1821 words)

  
 USCG Flags & Ensign
It derives from the "revenue ensign" adopted on August 1, 1799, by Secretary of the Treasury Oliver Wolcott, with the approval of President John Adams, to identify the cutters of the Revenue Marine, the principal predecessor of the modern Coast Guard.
The pennant is dark green with dark blue stripes bordered with white along the upper and lower edges and a light blue horizontal stripe edged with white in the center.
This ensign is medium blue with a broad white diagonal band and the Auxiliary emblem in blue and white on the center (33 CFR 5.47).
www.dirauxwest.org /uscg-flags-ensign.htm   (1941 words)

  
 United Kingdom: ensigns   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The seniority of the Ensigns was set in 1653 and was not altered by the Order in Council of 1864, as first Red, second White and third Blue.
The colonial blue ensign, defaced with a modified version of the state arms on a disc was official for all purposes at sea.
The State ensign and Civil ensign were the same as the (old) national flag, itself a derivative of the blue ensign.
fotw.vexillum.com /flags/gb-ensig.html   (1805 words)

  
 WAR FLAGS GLOSSARY A-G   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Ensign, being light blue with the national flag as a canton and the air force insignia (roundel) in the fly (see also civil air ensign).
Blue Ensign: (1) a dark blue flag with the Union Jack as a canton; defaced with an appropriate badge in the fly it serves as the flag of a number of British dependent territories, past and present, e.g.
ensign for various state agencies of the UK; with no badge it is flown by merchant vessels commanded by officers of the Royal Naval Reserve; (2) Blue Ensigns defaced with stars arranged in the form of the Southern Cross constellation are the national flags of Australia and New Zealand.
tmg110.tripod.com /lexicon3.htm   (2068 words)

  
 Australian Flag; it's origins & history
Blue Ensign with five white stars, representing the constellation of the Southern Cross in the fly; and for Merchant vessels the Red Ensign with the same badge in the fly.
The flying of the Blue Ensign on land by individuals and non-government bodies was discouraged.
The Australian White Ensign and the Ensign of the RAAF are ensigns (junior flags) to the Australian National Flag not the Union Jack.
www.diggerhistory.info /pages-flags/australian_flag.htm   (1396 words)

  
 United Kingdom: regulations for blue ensigns
Permission to fly the Blue Ensign was in the form of a warrant, issued in the name of the ship by the Registrar General of Seamen, for one voyage only.
All Blue Ensign warrants were cancelled in 1939 (see explanatory note) and the system re-introduced on 24 January 1947, with a qualifying crew of master plus six.
The Blue Ensign is to be struck if the officer to whom the warrant was issued relinquishes command, or if the ship or vessel passes into foreign ownership and ceases to be a British ship as defined by MSA 95.
flagspot.net /flags/gb-blenr.html   (2201 words)

  
 Myanmar Ensigns
A flag with a blue star in place of the anchor was reported in Franciae Vexillae, but this is now known to be an incorrect report.
There may have been such ensigns with the former (pre-1974) 1+5 stars flag as reported (actually I have no source on this, but that is only because I lack sources from period between 1939 and 1975).
The real naval ensign, shown on photos on Jane's Fighting Ships, is a horizontal bicolour, sky blue over navy blue, with a white five-pointed star (half the width of the ensign) at the centre of the ensign.
www.fotw.net /flags/mm~.html   (1148 words)

  
 Kenya (British Colony)
The Blue Ensign of Kenya, used between 1921 and 1963 was a traditional blue ensign with the Union Jack in the upper left corner and a blue background.
When for use on the red or blue ensigns, the sun has twelve principle rays and both golden sun and crown are placed directly upon the field of the flag." The Admiralty Warrant of 6th March 1890 for a defaced Red Ensign is for this badge.
The earliest book that I have found, that shows the "red lion badge" on a Red Ensign is the NGM of 1917 in which it is the only colonial (as opposed to Dominion) badge that is shown in place on all three flags, the Union Jack, the Blue Ensign and the Red Ensign.
www.fotw.net /flags/ke-hist.html   (1791 words)

  
 United Kingdom: Ensigns of Customs Vessels   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The present Customs' Blue Ensign was the result of a request, made to the Admiralty in 1948, for a new badge that was more distinctive than the Royal Crown then in use.
The early 20th Century ensign was a blue ensign with a crown in full colours in the middle of the fly.
The current ensign is a blue ensign with portcullis and chains in gold, surmounted by a crown in full colours, in the middle of the fly.
www.allstates-flag.com /fotw/flags/gb~cust.html   (1163 words)

  
 Flags of Canada, Chronology
Ensigns, to be flown at the stern of a ship, were introduced at sea about this time so individual ships could be recognized.
In the early ensigns, the field was often multi-coloured strips with St. George's or St. Andrew's cross in the canton depending on whether used by English or Scottish vessels.
A blue ensign with a colonial badge on the fly was authorized by the Colonial Defence Act for colonial navies, but Canada had neither a navy or a badge.
fraser.cc /FlagsCan/Appendicies/Chronology.html   (3940 words)

  
 A New Flag for Australia: Current Flag
The Blue Ensign selected is essentially the flag we have today, although minor modifications have been made to the number of points on the stars.
The Australian Blue Ensign was not the first flag to be recognised as the Australian National Flag.
The Blue Ensign was the flag of the Australian Government and as such was not for personal use.
members.tripod.com /djc9/newflag/current.htm   (870 words)

  
 Red and Blue Ensigns (Canada)
The Red Ensign was first authorized in 1892 for use on Canadian ships by the British admiralty...It was...used on Government buildings at the beginning of the century, but, because of the lack of formal adoption as a national flag, it was withdrawn by the Minister of Public Works from such use in 1908.
Carr does not give any date for the Canadian Blue Ensign, although he does record one, but I would venture to suggest that one must have been adopted sometime between 1869 (when the arms were granted) and 1892.
Blue was originally for government vessels and later for the Royal Canadian navy jack.
flagspot.net /flags/ca_ensgn.html   (2474 words)

  
 United Kingdom: history of the British ensigns
As far as the introduction of plain ensigns is concerned: Prior to c1625 English Royal Naval Ensigns were striped in various colours (green and white, red, white and blue, gold, white, and blue etc.,) with a white canton and red Cross of St George (or occasionally with a Cross of St George overall).
The exact date of introduction of the red ensign is slightly uncertain, however, it is known that the recommendation was made in 1625 and that the striped ensigns had become obsolete by 1630 (for warships).
Henceforth the White Ensign was reserved to the Royal Navy, the Blue Ensign undefaced to the Royal Naval Reserve and defaced with the appropriate departmental or territorial badge to government service, and the Red Ensign to the 'merchant navy' (as the term is in Britain).
www.crwflags.com /fotw/flags/gb-enshs.html   (2518 words)

  
 Ensigns
The merchantman's ensign, it specified, was to be the Red Ensign with the Saint George's cross in the canton.
While the Blue Ensign defaced with the four-province badge was official, the corresponding red one was still a flag-in-waiting.
The badge it displayed for both the Blue and Red Ensigns was identical to the badge on the flag of the governor general, despite the fact that the badge, sought and approved for the Blue Ensign a year before, had been the quartered provincial arms unadorned by either wreath or crown.
fraser.cc /FlagsCan/Nation/Ensigns.html   (9955 words)

  
 Red and Blue Ensigns, Canada
Fraser notes that the Canadian colonies were granted the right to place their badges on a blue ensign in 1865 and that a Vancouver Island resident did so but there is no evidence that this was widely accepted.
Gresham Carr's Flags of the World, 1961, says "The Blue Ensign is charged with the shield in the fly." and "however, the aforesaid Blue Ensign is worn 'as a Jack' for distinguishing purposes when at anchor, or under way and dressed with masthead flags.".
As an aside, before South Africa adopted the modified "Van Riebeck" flag in 1927, I believe it was the Red Ensign that was usually used in lieu of a national flag, rather then the Blue.
www.fotw.us /flags/ca_ensgn.html   (2478 words)

  
 Canada - history of the flag (1867-1870)
Presumably the new Dominion adopted the 1865 Blue Ensign of the old province of Canada.
It is difficult to tell at the small scale on the Ensign, but there is a separate picture of the New Brunswick shield on its own which clearly has the galley sailing to the right.
On December 16, 1868, the colonial secretary notified the governor general that colonial government ships "shall use the blue ensign with the seal or badge of the Colony in the fly thereof." (Fraser)
www.fotw.us /flags/ca-1868.html   (450 words)

  
 United Kingdom: ensigns   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The current official specifications for the white ensign are given in BR20 along with the specifications for the Union Flag, admirals' rank flags and pennants.
The Red Ensign was the obvious choice of ensign for the Royal Navy as it was the ensign of the senior squadron.
The White Ensign is for the exclusive use of the Royal Navy, and for private citizens to fly it on land is inappropriate, and on sea definitely illegal.
www.allstates-flag.com /fotw/flags/gb-white_ensign.html   (1118 words)

  
 New Zealand's Flags   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Blue Ensign, in use since October 23, 1869 and re-adopted in 1902, is used on land for all purposes, civil, governmental and military.
New Zealand's Blue Ensign is also used as the maritime ensign on government vessels.
The White Ensign, adopted in 1968 to replace the plain British White Ensign, is used on naval vessels.
www.geocities.com /Vienna/5047/NZFlag.html   (187 words)

  
 The Australian Flag - Similar and Related Flags   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It too is based on the Blue Ensign, with a depleted and stylized Southern Cross; Epsilon Crucis is omitted and the 4 remaining stars are 5-pointed, red and lined in white (because of the heraldic taboo of placing red directly on blue).
The flags of the six states of Australia are all based on the Blue Ensign with the State badge on the fly half of the flag; there is no Commonwealth Star on these flags.
The flag of the British Anarctic Territory is based on the Blue Ensign and bears the shield of the former arms of the Falkland Islands.
www.anbg.gov.au /oz/flag-similar.html   (473 words)

  
 Red Ensign White Ensign Blue Ensign RAF Ensign
ENSIGNS are 'worn' by ships or boats but are 'flown' when used ashore such as at a club.
Ensigns should be 'worn' whenever the boat or ship is afloat, be it day or night and are usually worn at the stern.
The Civil Air Ensign is used in airports, civil air establishments and by British aircraft on the ground.
www.flagsglobal.co.uk /ensigns.html   (272 words)

  
 United Kingdom: Royal Air Force   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
An interim flag was produced to represent the Royal Air Force at the armistice celebrations; a 'white ensign' with an overall dark blue St George's Cross, the Royal Air Force eagle in the centre of the cross, and a royal crown above it on the vertical arm of the cross.
The new ensign was described as, "the Ensign of the Royal Air Force defaced by the addition of the letters N Z superimposed in white upon the red roundel of the ensign" (AIR 30/140).
It may possibly be by analogy with the White Ensign, particularly as the RAF originally wanted to have a White Ensign without the cross as their flag (they also tried a White Ensign with a blue cross, which they referred to as a St. Michael's cross).
www.crwflags.com /fotw/flags/gb-raf.html   (4161 words)

  
 Ausflag - Australian Red Ensign   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The history of the Red Ensign is intertwined with the history of the Australian National flag.
From 1901 to 1954 the Red Ensign was in practice, used as Australia's Civil Flag, i.e.
The Blue Ensign was for Government use only, reflecting British practice with its ensigns.
www.ausflag.com.au /flags/ensign.html   (290 words)

  
 Cape of Good Hope (Colony - 1910)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
However, official authorisation by Royal Warrant for the arms of the colony was only granted nearly a year later on 29 May 1876 and a Blue Ensign bearing these arms on a white roundel was introduced soon thereafter.
The Cape Colonial Blue Ensign was used until the Union of South Africa came into being on 31 May 1910 when the Cape Colony became the Cape Province.
The roundel in the fly contained (as in the colony’s Blue Ensign) the full heraldic achievement of the Cape Colony, but in addition (if I recall correctly — it’s been some years since I saw an example of it) it contained further scroll work.
fotw.vexillum.com /flags/za-cape.html   (801 words)

  
 DREADNOUGHT TO TRIDENT   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Prior to 1864, the White Ensign was, along with the Red and Blue ensigns, one of the three naval ensigns flown by ships of the Royal Navy (RN).
(The Blue Ensign was reserved for merchant vessels whose masters are qualified Royal Naval Reserve [RNR] officers and which meet certain other requirements, while the Red Ensign became the British civil ensign.) Since then, the White Ensign has been the sole naval ensign of the United Kingdom.
The ensigns of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service (RFAS) and the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service (RMAS) were adopted about 1970; previously the RFAS flew a Blue Ensign with a horizontal yellow anchor in the fly.
tmg110.tripod.com /british2.htm   (624 words)

  
 United Kingdom: ensigns
An ensign reputedly flown by HMS Brunswick (which as far as I can find out was not a first rate) at the battle of the Glorious First of June 1794 measures 20' x 40' (6.1m x 12.2m), and the largest size of ensign in the establishment of 1742 was about 28' x 51'?
By this period the jack was only worn at anchor, and I would suggest that the largest size of ensign was flown in battle, the middle in harbour and the smaller in stormy conditions (but I am not sure).
This was a standard White Ensign, but the three blank quarters of the flag had been defaced by what appeared to be a fl stencil of Trincomalee under full sail in fl.
www.atlasgeo.net /fotw/flags/gb-ensw.html   (2092 words)

  
 A New Flag for New Zealand
I call it the "New Ensign"; It is an updated version of the existing New Zealand flag - the "Blue Ensign" - see the NZ WebRing logo below.
The Maori tukutuku (zig-zag) pattern invokes the country's Polynesian origins.
While the colours of the flag and the Southern Cross survive from the "Blue Ensign", the tukutuku pattern may be interpreted as the Union Jack of that flag "unravelled".
www.angelfire.com /nd/nzflag   (121 words)

  
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