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France: Improper use of the national flag

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Dublin, 1868

Improper use of French flag in Dublin.

18 June 1868. Captain Robert Jenkins of HMS Royal George at Kingstown reported that SS Moravian owned by J. & A. Allen arrived flying the French flag under a red pennant at the mainmast. The company claimed that the tricolour was their private ensign before it became the French national flag.

[National Archives (PRO) MT 9/47 (M8961/69)]

David Prothero, 8 October 2003


Boulogne, 1887

Improper use of French flag in Boulogne.

14 July 1887. Complaint made that Captain Shmeer, Prussian commander of British steam ship Merthyr, made improper use of the French flag. When the ship was dressed for a festival the French flag was flown at the mainmast, below the pavillon of Damier (chequered flag), Numeral 3 (blue and red), and quarantine flag. He claimed that it had been hoisted in mistake for letter T.

Arrêté d'Expulsion issued. Resolved on 28 November by legal statement from Shmeer.

[National Archives (PRO) MT 9/312]

David Prothero, 8 October 2003

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