Last modified: 2011-06-13 by zoltán horváth
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The flags of the Kungliga Svenska Segel Sällskapet (founded 1830) are described and illustrated in[hpa30]. During the two years following its foundation, it seems the yacht club used the ordinary Swedish civil ensign with the red and white union mark. Based on the flag plates (pp. 585-587) in [hpa30], it seems that the KSSS flew four distinct flags:
1. by Jan Oskar Engene
The first yacht flag of the KSSS consisted of Swedish war ensign, swallow tailed and with the red and white union canton, defaced with the cipher of Crown Prince Oscar (later king Oscar I) on a white panel set over the intersection of the arms of the cross. The cipher consisted of the letter O and a crown princely crown.
2. by Jan Oskar Engene
When the war ensign of Sweden changed to incorporate the new union badge, the herring salad, the yacht flag of the KSSS also changed. However, the cipher remained the same as that in the first ensign.
3. by Jan Oskar Engene
In 1878 the cipher was changed to the royal cipher with a royal crown.
4. by Jan Oskar Engene
When the union with Norway was dissolved in 1905,
the effect on flags in both countries were the removal of the union badge.
Consequently, the yacht flag of the KSSS also changed in this way, though the
cipher remained the same. The yacht flag privilege of the KSSS lapsed with the
Swedish flag act of 1906.
Jan Oskar Engene, 14 November 2001
My guess is that the post-Union ensign of the KSSS,
that is with the Union badge removed, was flown adopted by the yacht club based
on tradition but without legal backing – but probably only for the 1907
sailing season, when the consequences of the flag act became apparent also to
the yachting community.
Jan Oskar Engene, 28 December 2001