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Ottoman Empire: Flags depicted in National Geographic (1917)

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Overview

This page lists the Ottoman flag as they are shown in National Georgraphic (1917) [gmc17]. Most of these flags are very similar to the flags later used by the Turkish Republic, for which only links will be provided on this page.

Ivan Sache, 29 November 2003


Minister of Navy

[Miister of Navy, 1917]by Zeljko Heimer

The flag for the "Secretary of Navy" (that is, the Minister of Navy) is shown, as #719, in proportion 3:4, red with four white bombs, placed one-two-one, and an anchor in a white fimbriated canton.

Zeljko Heimer, 20 April 2003


Admiral, Vice-Admiral, Rear Admiral

The flags, shown as #720, #721, and #722, respectively, are similar to those currently in use, but in proportion 3:4 instead of 1:1.

Zeljko Heimer, 20 April 2003


Commodore

[Commodore, 1917]by Zeljko Heimer

The flag, shown as #724, is a red broad pennant in proportion ~5:7, with one white bomb.

Zeljko Heimer, 20 April 2003


Masthead and seniority pennants

These pennants, shown as #723 and #725, respectively, are similar to those currently in use. The seniority pennant is shown in National Geographic with proportion ~5:7, whereas current proportion is 2:3.

Zeljko Heimer, 20 April 2003


Jack and merchant ensign

The jack, shown as #726, and the merchant ensign, shown as #1017, are very similar to the national flag.

Zeljko Heimer, 20 April 2003


Pilot flag

The flag, shown as #727, is similar to the flag used later, but today replaced by another flag.

Zeljko Heimer, 20 April 2003


Imperial standard

[Imperial standard]by Zeljko Heimer

The flag, shown as #1018, is a red flag with white imperial tughra within a rayed ornament.
The sultan at the time would be Mehmet V Reshat Gazi (ruling 1909-1918), whos tughra can be found on the tughra website and was used for the above image.

Zeljko Heimer, 20 April 2003


Imperial standard afloat

[Imperial standard afloat]by Zeljko Heimer

The flag, shown as #1021, is similar to further versions of the Commander-in-Chief of the Navy flag. The shade of red in National Geographic is definitively darker than for the rest of the series of flags.

Zeljko Heimer, 20 April 2003


Religious flag

[Religious flag]by Zeljko Heimer

The flag, shown as #1022 is similar to the national flag but with the field green instead of red.

Such a flag is still used on (or in) mosques around the Islamic world, with some variations in the crescent and star, often also omitting the star and arranging the crescent somewhat differently. Sometimes the emblems are golden/yellow on the green flag, but anyhow, this is still the (or a) flag of Islam.

Zeljko Heimer, 20 April 2003


Customs flag

[Customs flag]by Zeljko Heimer

The customs flag, shown as #1023, is similar to the national flag, but with a white orle.

Zeljko Heimer, 20 April 2003

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