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Unidentified Flags or Ensigns - Part 1 (2010)

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Below is a series of images of flags that have been provided to FOTW; some we have recognized, and some we have been unable to recognize. If you can help us identify any of these flags, please let us know! Contact the: .

Identification Key:

Unidentified Flags located on this page

  1. European Union Flag with Red Field
  2. Communist Flag with Blue Field
  3. Another China/EU Flag
  4. Unknown Carlist Flags
  5. Spanish neo-Nazi Flag
  6. Spanish neo-Nazi Flag 2
  7. Unknown Spanish NATO Flag
  8. Institutional Flag from Maryland
  9. Religious Flag in Rome
  10. Canadian Plastic Stick-Pin
  11. Flag on the Aral (UK)
  12. Flag drawings, old Islamic
  13. Dutch KFZ Flag
  14. Flag With Chain and Olive Branch
  15. Four UFE Signal Flags from US Winslow
  16. Three UFE Bunting Flags
  17. Unidentified Pennant (possibly Dutch)
  18. Royal Visit Banner (South Africa)
  19. Unknown Red Ensign from Down Under
  20. Unidentified African Muslim Corsair´s Flag
  21. Fishy Red Ensign
  22. UFE at Low Head Pilot Station
  23. Red and Blue Swallowtailed Pin
  24. Unknown Merchant Ship Flag
  25. Red, White, and Blue with a Single Star

Unidentified Flags located on Part 2

  1. Blue Ensign with two Ws
  2. Two UFEs in Valais Switerland
  3. Unknown Nigeria Flag
  4. Unknown Christian Flag
  5. Flag on a Zippo Lighter
  6. Japanese Youth Flag
  7. Unknown Danish Ship Flag
  8. UFEs in Naashik (Maharashtra, IN)
  9. Two Flags from Texas
  10. Unknown German Imperial Flag
  11. Unknown Private Signal Flag
  12. Unidentified Rwandan Flag
  13. Indian War era mystery flag with grey stripes

Unidentified Flags on other pages


1. European Union Flag with Red Field

Positive ID

This flag has been positively identified and moved to its permanent location on FOTW at "European Union: Use of the flag in art."


2. Communist Flag with Blue Field

Positive ID

This flag has been positively identified and moved to its permanent location on FOTW at "European Union: Use of the flag in art."


3. Blue Chinese Flag

Positive ID

This flag was positively identified and moved to its permament location on the FOTW European Union: Protest flags page.


4. Unknown Carlist Flags

Positive ID

   
Images provided by Rick Prohaska, posted January 2010

Both of these flags have Spanish backgrounds, but I'm not sure about the double-headed eagles. If you can provide any more information on these flags I would greatly appreciate it.
Pete Loeser, posted January 2010

The coat-of-arms shield appears to be similar to that used by the First and Second Spanish Republics (i.e. - Like the modern one, but missing the center Bourbon symbol of the modern coat-of-arms). This suggested they might be Carlist flags. The shortened Burgundy Cross is similar to the Carlist flag drawn by Jaume Ollé on FOTW, identified as the flag of Carlists (Spain)
Marc Pasquin, posted January 2010

I suspect Marc Pasquin is correct in identifying the two flags as Carlist. The elimination of the Bourbon in escutcheon bears out this idea as does the truncated cross. If genuine, these flags would be worth a good deal of money to a collector. Personally, I believe that if they are real they should be in a museum.
Michael Faul, posted January 2010

A living anachronism. The shield is one implemented by General Franco on 11th February 1938, in order to revive the tradition of the Catholic kings. The double eagle, however, was the ensign of Carlos I (1516-1556), when he had been chosen Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire. But the shield of that ensign was different, containing the blazons of other countries belonging to his empire, such as Burgundy, Flandres, Austria and Sicily. All those parts had been removed in 1938 by Franco. I believe, that the cross burgundy was used by Carlists. Both these flags appear modern flags. I don't know, are there any Carlists left today.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, posted January 2010

Some general information for those not sure who the Carlist were. The Carlists were a political movement seeking to place a member of the Bourbon family on the Spanish throne. A series of Carlist Civil Wars fought between 1833-1876 attempted to reestablish the Bourbon rule. The movement actually lasted until the end of the Franco regime in 1975: supporting traditional Catholicism and monarchism against more liberal Spanish political forces.
Pete Loeser, posted January 2010

The "Carlist" flags on our pages are probably retro flags, manufactured for tourists. I saw some of them and some more last November in a souvenir shop in Sevilla.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 31 January 2010

Image from Google Images, 15 March 2010

This design of the double-headed eagle suggests these flags belong to the francoist-like group Bases Autónomas. This group used to paste a lot of wall sign in the streets of Madrid in the 1990s, but I don't remember having seen any of them lately. In any case, these flags vary somewhat the typical design, which includes a celtic cross instead of the Spanish coat-of-arms.
A. Parra, 14 March 2010

I'm not sure that these are Carlist flags per se - unless we have a clear ID of them as such, I think it might be more appropriate to label them "Generic Spanish Rightist Flags:" and compare them to items such as the mistaken variant, a mistaken version of the 1945-1977 national flag in contemporary use by shall we say nostalgic individuals. I think the two "Carlist" items are in the same vein; faultily made flags meant to remind of the Franco-era national symbols. The strongest argument for the "random rightist kludge" theory is that the eagle is identical in all three flags, the two "Carlist" flags and the neo-Nazi (UFE10-05 below) one with the sun wheel. However, I don't know whether Carlists have much of an ideological affinity toward skinheads and such, which is presumably the intended market for the latter flag.
Eugene Ipavec, 26 March 2010


5. Spanish neo-Nazi Flag

Positive ID

Images provided by Rick Prohaska, posted January 2010

Similar to the unknown Spanish flags Carlist flags above, but without any Spanish background. The crest on the double-headed eagles has been replaced with a sun wheel, suggesting a neo-Nazi connection. Anybody recognize it?
Peter Loeser, posted January 2010

This black flag, with the similar eagle and sun-wheel may well be a modern Carlist design. The eagle is in exactly the same format as the other two. One of the identifying features of the Carlists was the wearing of a black beret, which may be referred to in the colour of the flag.
Michael Faul, posted January 2010

This is another one of the flags of the francoist-like group Bases Autónomas. They used this design of the double-headed eagle on a variety of flags in the 1990s. In any case, these flags vary somewhat the typical design, which includes a celtic cross instead of the Spanish coat-of-arms.
A. Parra, 14 March 2010


6. Spanish neo-Nazi Flag 2

Positive ID

Image provided by Rick Prohaska, posted January 2010

The combination of Spanish colors and the Sun Wheel suggests a Spanish neo-Nazi group, but which one? Does anybody recognize it?
Peter Loeser, posted January 2010

The black flag with the red-bordered yellow cross and the sun-wheel may well be what you suggest. Odd in a way, as black in Spain was usually associated with the Anarchist movement, who would definitely not use a sun-wheel.
Michael Faul, posted January 2010

This is another one of the flags of the francoist-like group Bases Autónomas. It definitely was used by this group in several signs and stickers.
A. Parra, 14 March 2010


7. Unknown Spanish NATO Flag

Positive ID

This flag was identified, and has been moved to the NATO page as the Joint Command Southwest (JCSW) command flag.


8. Institutional Flag from Maryland

Some Speculation

Image provided by Jim Ferrigan, 8 January 2010

Here is an UFE identified only as an institutional flag from Maryland, made by Annin. The image of this flag was sent to me by a staff person at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House & Museum of Baltimore, Maryland; and was identified only as an unknown "institutional flag?." Presumably the photo was taken there. Presumably sometime in the 1990s as that is when it was acquired. The Annin connection is provided by the Annin makers mark visible on the upper hoist obverse of the flag.
Jim Ferrigan, 8 January 2010

Sorry, no help on this one. Except to say it is clearly a House in the center. Searching under "federal housing flag" came up with logos for various federal home funding agencies, but no flag or similar logo. Did anyone try contacting Annin?
Nick Artimovich, 20 January 2010

It looks like some sort of bridge to me.
Jack Lowe, 29 January 2010

Image from Paul Grubb, 29 January 2010

It also resembles the logo used for Equal Housing Opportunity. See the attached logo.
Paul Grubb, 29 January 2010

I inquired at Annin Flag Company and received this reply from Kathleen Lubanski (Sales, Administrative Assistant): "Unfortunately I have no information for the flag that is pictured. If it was from over five years ago we would no longer have the information in our system. Sorry I could not be of better assistance." So it still remains a mystery, even to the company that manufactured the flag. I also asked Kathleen to hang-up a picture of it on their bulletin board to see if any of the "old-timers" might remember it, so perhaps something will come of that.
Pete Loeser, 2 February 2010


9. Religious Flag in Rome

Some Speculation

Image from Aleksandar Nemet, 9 January 2010

Here is a photo of an unidentified purple, yellow, white horizontally striped flag photographed in Rome, Italy. The original uploader of this photo to Wikimedia Commons (22 July 2009) said that it might be a religious flag.
Aleksandar Nemet, 9 January 2010

Yellow and white are the colors of the Vatican or "Holy See". The color purple is associated with royality, nobility and spirituality, and may stand for the Pope, although today scarlet red would be a better match. Purple is also the color for penitence and mourning, and is the liturgical color for the seasons of Advent and Lent. This may have been flown during a Vatican or Catholic religious holiday.
Pete Loeser, 4 April 2010.

The purple, yellow, and white striped flag looks like it might be a variation on the historic flag representing the battle for women's suffrage. If so, I have no idea how it would end up hanging from a Rome apartment.
Perry Dane, 30 June 2010


10. Canadian Plastic Stick-Pin

Positive ID

Image by Daniel Boese, 11 January 2010

I found a small plastic stick-pin in a pile of family souvenirs dating from the 1970's-1980's, in the form of a rectangular flag about a centimetre wide. I haven't been able to find it at FOTW; given what it was found among, I think that it might be from an airline, possibly a Canadian one, possibly Nova Scotian. It consists of a white field, with a broad horizontal blue stripe at the bottom, above which is a much narrower red stripe; halfway across, both stripes angle upwards, with the red stripe reaching the top-right corner.
Daniel Boese, 11 January 2010

This is pure speculation based on hazy memories, but the style and color reminds me of a design once seen on United Airlines planes, and didn´t Air Transat (an airline based in Montreal and Quebec) also use a similar tail design in the 1980s? Does anybody else remember seeing them besides me?
Pete Loeser, 24 January 2010

This was a logo used by the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in the 1972 Federal election. In my political past I worked on that campaign. I remember the discussion about this new sort of branding, just using a symbol, not a name or initial. The traditional format was usually a political sign with candidate's name appearing above the stripes. However, they also gave out lapel pins just like these.
Ed Schollenberg, 13 April 2010


11. Flag on the Aral (UK)

Positive ID

Image from Rodney Duggua, 25 January 2010

Can you help me in identifying the Shipping Line shown in the attached not very good photo of a painting of a ship called "Aral." This was a ship that a Great Uncle of mine may have been Master of. The painting was salvaged by my late Father upon the death of my Great Aunt and this must have been some 40 years ago. With thanks.
Rodney Duggua, 25 January 2010

Cropped Image, 26 January 2010

I am forwarding this inquiry about a flag shown in a painting of the Aral to the FOTW mailing list. The flag of concern appears to be the red-white-blue vertical tricolour swallowtail, with the white band taking the form of 4 elongate diamonds stretching horizontally almost from hoist to fly.
Rob Raeside, 26 January 2010

The "Aral" was a tanker built 1891 for W. Tapscott & Company of Liverpool being broken up at Inverkeithing 28/8/1929. In 1897, the Tapscott fleet was bought by Hamilton, Fraser & Company of Liverpool and operated under the name of the Rover Shipping Company. Hamilton, Fraser also operated as the Inch Shipping Company Ltd. (Their flag is shown on the FOTW page on British shipping companies). According to Lloyds 1904 the word "INCH" shown in Antönio's image was replaced by "ROVER." The painting image does not show the lettering which is not really surprising. Hamilton, Fraser sold the ship in 1908 together with 6 others and their last ship was sold in 1909 (nothing on the buyers) so the painting obviously portrays the ship in the period 1897-1908.
Neale Rosanoski, 13 February 2010


12. Flag drawings, old Islamic

Some Speculation

White letters added by UFE Editor to ease identification
(Click on Image to view larger size)

This appears to be a water color picture of different Islamic flags. I found it among my grandfathers research materials. He wrote and co-wrote several books and articles on flags. His name was Commodore Byron McCandless USN ret. He passed away in 1967. It is on a poster board weight paper. It measures apx 12 1/2 by 19 1/2 inches.
William Garrison, 26 January 2010

Flag "F" in the sketch appears to be charged with a somewhat modified (older) version of the coat-of-arms of the Ottoman Empire ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Osmanli-nisani.svg ). Of course, since every flag in the sketch is captioned, what we really need is a high-rez scan and someone who can read Arabic or pre-latinization Turkish...
Eugene Ipavec, 13 February 2010


13. Dutch KFZ Flag

Image from Andries van der Graaf, 29 January 2010

This was sent by Andries van der Graaf from Nieuwpoort Z.H. It is like the Java-China-Paketvaart Flag of the Netherlands, with the crown surrounded by black letters K (left), F (right) and Z (bottom). There is a little label added charged with "A.J.A.Bartels, Telefoon 34303 Amsterdam." (Amsterdam got 6 digits only after WWII). It measures 75 x 100 cm. I'm quite sure that this one is Dutch, probably connected to water (houseflag, burgee, whatever...)
Jarig Bakker, 29 January 2010


14. Flag With Chain and Olive Branch

Tentative ID

This flag has been tentativly identified and moved to a more permanent location on FOTW as a possiable "United Nations flag used before 1945."


15. Four UFE ICS Signal Flags from US Torpedo Boat Winslow

Some Speculation

Image from James Ferrigan, 10 February 2010
(black numbers/letters added by UFE Editor to ease identification)

For enlarged images: [Flag Image 15a]  [Flag Image 15b]  [Flag Image 15c]  [Flag Image 15d]

On 11 December 2009, Heritage Auction Gallery of Dallas, Texas, sold at auction Lot: 57298, which was a grouping of five signal flags from the US Torpedo Boat Winslow (1898). One of the flags is ICS "N" (checkered), but the others do not conform to any USN signals of which I am aware. The plain red one (15a) may be a variant "Speed" or "Crew´s Meal." The red & blue swallow-tailed flag (15c) is marked #4, and was made at the New York Navy Yard, the others are unidentified.
James Ferrigan, 10 February 2010

It looks like the mysterious yellow/black signal flag (15b above) has reared it's ugly head again. See UFE09-3 on the UFE 2009 page.
Pete Loeser, 11 February 2010

It is sometimes almost impossible to identify solitary signal flags without any provenance, as the same design has been used with different meanings in different systems. For example, the chequered flag is "November" in the current International Code of Signals, but was "Zulu" in the system used by the Royal Navy before it adopted the NATO signal flags. In the same RN system a red pennant was numeral pennant "8." A yellow/blue/yellow pennant (15d) in the October 1917 edition of the National Geographic Magazine, page 318, is a U.S. Navy call pennant "Oscar." I don't know how "call" pennants were used. The UFE10-16c (white over blue over white) pennant is probably USN, but in the pre-NATO RN a similar pennant, black instead of blue, was a Sub-Division Flag.
David Prothero, 16 February 2010


16. Three UFE Bunting Flags

One Tentative ID and Two Positive IDs

Flag 16a   Flag 16b   Flag 16c
Images provided by James Ferrigan, 10 February 2010

On 5 Feb 2010, James D. Julia sold at auction Lot 2095, which included three signal flags they claimed are: "Three bunting flags, including a naval designating flag. Naval regulations as to such flags have changed so often we are guessing that these are captain or commander’s flags that were flown to show that an officer of that rank was aboard." These are also unknown to me as a part of any US navy signal system of which I am aware.
James Ferrigan, 10 February 2010

      In February I submitted several pennants to the list. Several of you shared the difficulty of identifying lone signal pennants, and you were correct. David Prothero, speculated that UFE16c is from the US Navy and he was correct and his remark caused me to look there further.
I think I have identified this flag. In History of the Flag of the United States of America By George Henry Preble, 1880, pp. 671 to 674, this white, blue, white pennant is mentioned several times in orders promulgated in 1865, 1869 and 1870 as "Any officer, not authorized to wear the flag of a rear-admiral, or the broad pennant of a commodore, but appointed by an express order to command a division of a squadron, was to wear a divisional mark, of the size prescribed in the book of allowances (viz. five to eight feet hoist by from four to six feet length of fly), at the masthead, where the pennant is usually worn. These divisional marks were to be triangular in shape, with the middle part of a different color from the rest, in the form of a wedge, the base occupying one-third of the fly. For the first division, blue, white, blue; for the second division, red, white, red; for the third division, white, blue, white."
      This is a Distinctive Mark of the US Navy, used by the commander of the Third Division of a squadron. Further research located an image in an 1872 edition of the same volume on p. 466; and although the proportions differ slightly, I am convinced that this is a ship made version of this pennant. It is the mid-19th century equivalent of the modern USN Burgee Command Pennant.
      This pennant was sold by James D. Julia Auctions as an unidentified pennant from the Decatur family, one of the most distinguished American Naval families. Now, on to research as to if a descendant of Stephen Decatur may have displayed this pennant.
Jim Ferrigan, 19 March 2010

UFE-16a (blue pennant with red border and white star) is the burgee of the Williamsburgh (NY) Yacht Club. UFE-16b (similar with blue and red reversed) has the look of a burgee as well, but I didn't see it when glancing quickly through the 1972 Lloyd's Register of American Yachts.
Joseph McMillan, 4 April 2010


17. Unidentified Pennant (possibly Dutch)

Tentative ID

Image from Erich, 18 February 2010
(The reverse of the flag is a plain red over blue pennant with no badge)

I was informed this pennant was Dutch. The pennant is made of wool fabric mounted over white cotton fabric. The insignia is made of white cotton fabric and machine embroidered in silver gray, black and red thread. I think the pennant was made for a vehicle since it´s single sided and relatively small and the loops at the fly/pole end. Approximate size: 16 inches at the hoist/pole end by 27 inches for the fly.
Erich, 18 February 2010

It shows the arms of Bonn (Germany) as used 1732-1971, see http://www.ngw.nl/int/dld/b/bonn.htm. The pennant is perhaps that of a Bonner yacht club?
Jarig Bakker, 18 February 2010

Indeed it is the old version of the Bonn arms on the old colours of the flag (good job, Jarig!). However, without any other markings, I would not say it is yacht club pennant proper. It is just the Bonn city flag in pennant form, probably used on yachts for showing the origin of the owner.
Marcus E.V. Schmöger, 19 February 2010


18. Royal Visit Banner (South Africa)

Some Speculation

Image from Jackie, 20 February 2010

I am hoping you may be able to help me identify this flag. The only information that I have is that it was supposedly used during a royal visit of the British Queen to South Africa. I'm not sure if this is so, and I'm also not sure of its age. I can find no pictures of it on-line.
Jackie, 20 february 2010

That crown sure looks like the one of Saint Edward, and, as I understand it, only the British sovereign is allowed to use it, so this is definitely a Royal British flag. I'm not sure what does the white-yellow banner means, as royal standards have different designs.
Alex Danes, 20 February 2010

This is merely my opinion, but I think it mostly likely that this was just a bit of decorative display for a royal visit, not an actual flag.
Ned Smith, 20 February 2010


19. Unknown Red Ensign from Down Under

Positive ID

Image from Chester Robinson, 27 February 2010

I would like to find out what type of flag I have in my possession, and any other information about it that may be available.
Chester Robinson, 27 February 2010

We don't have any flag of this design on our site. From the Southern Cross I would guess it belongs to Australia (or possibly New Zealand).
Rob Raeside, 27 February 2010

This flag would be from New Zealand, as they only display four stars of the Southern Cross, and in red. Could an Ensign for the Merchant fleet.
Dale McGuffin, 27 February 2010

We don't have an image of this flag on our site, but it is definitely the New Zealand Red Ensign. In short, NZ used a blue ensign with four stars in the fly, while most British colonies had a badge inside a disc (usually white). In 1898, red and blue ensigns with the four stars inside a white disc were requested in order to match the 'usual' practise as described in a revision of the International Code of Signals. The red ensign would have been used by NZ registered merchant ships, as opposed to government ships. It was replaced by the current Red Ensign (no disc, white stars) in 1903, to match the disc-less national flag/blue ensign confirmed in 1901/1902.
Jonathan Dixon, 27 February 2010

As has been pointed out, this appears to be a red version of the Blue Government Ensign in use between 1840-1867 and 1900-1902, but the first defaced Red Ensign for New Zealand (still in use) was authorized by an Admiralty Warrant of 7 February 1899, so this must be either an unofficial or totally unauthorized variant (possibly manufactured comparatively recently)?
Christopher Southworth, 28 February 2010

This doesn't look all that 1:2 to me. Are we wrong in displaying NZ flags of that time in that ration? Or is this specifically a flag for use by some service on land, in 3:5?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 2 March 2010

    I'm sure others could give a more detailed response, both as to any relevant regulations and practice, but I would be surprised if any standard ratio was followed at that time (there was enough confusion about the designs!) On the other hand, in Australia soon afterwards, the red ensign was at times used on land, and it's quite possible that these were generally of a shorter ratio.
    I'm not sure why this was only listed as a "Tentative ID." The lack of image made it easy to miss the already present complete description on our NZ pages, and the contribution from Chris adds a little confusion, but I think it is quite clear from David's research that Chris' source must have been mistaken in thinking the 7 Feb 1899 warrant was for the current ensign, rather than this one.
Jonathan Dixon, 19 March 2010

    I know this now has a Positive ID as set out by Jonathan but the following extracted from the Department of Internal Affairs in their 1965 publication "The New Zealand Ensign" may be of interest in fleshing out the detail.
     The British Board of Trade appointed a committee in 12/1887 to revise the International Code of Signals which took nearly 10 years to complete and was not received in NZ until 3/1898. The Board of Trade proposed that colonial merchant ships be distinguished by the inclusion of a white circle in the Red Ensign which would contain the badge of the colony. The Nautical Advisor to the New Zealand Marine Department recommended that a similar white disc be added to the Blue Ensign with the New Zealand Government agreeing and suggesting in their dispatch to the Colonial Office that the four red stars of the Southern Cross should in future be added to a white circle on both Red and Blue Ensigns (dispatch from the Earl of Ranfurly to the Secretary of State for the Colonies dated 5.7.1898). These proposals were approved by the British Admiralty 7.2.1899 with a warrant being issued which was published in the "New Zealand Gazette" 23.11.1899 authorising merchant vessels registered in New Zealand to wear the badge of the colony on the Red Ensign.
     The Blue Ensign version was introduced 1.1.1900 as a signal flag intended for use at sea or in foreign ports but its use [the source describes this as "unhappily"] spread on shore being flown from public buildings and were sometimes used by commercial houses for advertising purposes. On 27.7.1900 The Hon. William Hall-Jones, Minster for Public Works and Minister of Marine, in a letter to the Colonial Secretary the Hon. Joseph Ward wrote "that the Zealand Flag is that which has been used for so many years (without the disc)and the Blue and Red Ensigns with their white disc are simply signal flags used to indicate that the vessel is a Colonial one. If you concur in this kindly instruct officers in charge of Public Buildings accordingly.
     Questions were then asked in the NZ parliament which resulted in The New Zealand Ensign Act of 1900 being introduced 13.7.1900 with the final readings 19.9.1900 with the House adjourning at 0203 on 20.9.1900 after the Bill had been passed. This Bill confirmed the use of flag proclaimed 23.10.1869 in the "New Zealand Gazette" by the Governor, Sir George Brown, that the official flag of the Colony was the British Blue Ensign with the addition of a Southern Cross of four five-pointed red stars with white borders placed in the fly, this being a maritime flag only for use by Government vessels and not on land where forts and other military installations generally flew the Union Flag. This Act included in the preamble the statement that this Blue Ensign should be the ensign on the colony for all purposes. This was objected to by the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty as enabling merchant vessels of all sizes to wear same leading to probable claims by other colonies for a similar right. The Government agreed to make certain alterations to the Act which therefore did not receive royal assent and remained in the statute book in suspended animation being subsequently replaced by The New Zealand Ensign Act of 1901 which was passed November 5th and received royal assent 24.3.1902 defining the Blue Ensign as set out in 1869.
     The Red Ensign version shown here continued to be used until 1903 when the white disc was removed and replaced by the Southern Cross version of 4 white stars under the authority of the Shipping and Seamen Act of 1903.
     In 1907 the country became a Dominion and appropriate changes in the wordings for both Ensigns were given via the Shipping and Seamen Act of 1908 which repeated the three main clauses of the New Zealand Ensign Act of 1901 and incorporated the section from 1903 Shipping and Seamen Act, This in turn was replaced by the Shipping and Seamen Act of 1952 which gave the Blue Ensign as being the recognised flag on land and for government vessels and other ships which might be so authorised.
Neale Rosanoski, 24 May 2010


20. Unidentified African Muslim Corsair´s Flag

     Image from Nuno Rubim, 28 March 2010

Sometime time ago I came across of an ancient painting (black and white) in a 16/17th century building, in a Portuguese coastal town. It is known that for centuries north African Muslim corsairs and pirates infested the Portuguese coast (the Portuguese themselves did exactly the same thing in north-African towns). In that painting it is portrayed what I think is a "Xebec," with a flag which seems to me being a Muslim one. I'm sending you a copy of the drawing and a reconstitution made by myself. Can you give some help in the identification of the flag?
Nuno Rubim, 28 March 2010


21. Fishy Red Ensign

Some Speculation

Image from Laird Keir, 10 March 2010

I've come across this ensign and can't manage to identify it, either through my copy of Bartram (indicating it's not current) or by google searching the operative words: red, ensign, yacht, fish.
Laird Keir, 10 March 2010

I think that this (embowed dolphin on a Red Ensign) is an unauthorised defacement. It is not, as you say, current UK. It is not current overseas. It is not among the obsolete yacht club special ensigns that I have ever come across.
David Prothero, 10 March 2010

The ensign might be a former Canadian Coast Guard flag. The current ensign, which we have on our pages, shows two dolphins having nearly the same shape..
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 20 May 2010

Unlikely. If it were it would be a Blue ensign.
David Prothero, 21 May 2010


22. UFE at Low Head Pilot Station

Positive ID

Image from Aleksandar Nemet, 13 March 2010

This interesting flag is displayed at the Low Head Pilot Station Museum (Tasmania, AU). Anybody know anything about it?
Aleksandar Nemet, 13 March 2010

The ensign at the Low Head Pilot Station is the house flag of Oceangas Services Australia Pty. Ltd..
Neale Rosanoski, 20 March 2010


23. Red and Blue Swallowtailed Pin

Some Speculation

Image by Richard Hall, 29 March 2010

I have spent hours searching for the ID of this enamel flag shaped pin. It has a red swallowtail field with a blue diamond in the middle with the letters "DTC" inside.
Richard Hall, 29 March 2010

Could this be another spin-off from the defunct Deutcher Touring Club DTC (UFE06-21) that Richard discovered in his research?
Pete Loeser, 9 April 2010


24. Unknown Merchant Ship Flag

Some Speculation

   Image by Mike Turner, 20 April 2010

I’m searching for identification of a ships flag on a painting entitled "BEZALEEL H MORGAN MASTER ENTERING SMYRNA BAY 1864." The flag in question is quartered: Top left, red with Letter R in yellow; Top right, yellow with Letter H in red; Bottom Left, Blue with unknown symbol (fish?) in yellow; Bottom right, Red with letter S in yellow. The ensign at the stern is a Red Ensign. Are you able to help?
Mike Turner, 20 April 2010

The painting is by Raffaele Corsini, a mid-19th century Turkish painter well known for his nautical paintings. Most of his titles are in the form "Ship's name, master's name, entering Smyrna Bay, year". Unfortunately, a search for the Bezaleel and its master, H Morgan, drew a blank. As to the flag, this is a complete guess, but it's interesting that the colours and pattern are very similar to the British Royal Standard. The "R" could easily stand for "Royal."
James Dignan, 20 April 2010

This could be the sailing ship "Bezaleel" built 1856 at Salcombe of 200T gross and 188T net which was wrecked 30 January 1884, when owned by William Mackay of Greenock and under master William Francis Weymouth. If it were the same vessel the flag could indicate previous owners and possibly the unknown symbol in the 3rd quarter could be an ampersand which would be more logical to my thinking.
Neale Rosanoski, 12 May 2010


25. Red, White and Blue with a Single Star

Positive ID

Speculative Image by Rob Raeside, 27 April 2010

I recently came across a picture of a flag that I cannot identify. I will try and describe it to you. The flag resembled an older version of an American flag but was not quite the same. It had three stripes lay horizontally with a red on top a white in the middle and another red at the bottom. On the far left upper corner was a blue filled quare -like the American confederate flag of 1861- but instead of having 12 stars, or 13 stars it only had one big single white star in the middle of the blue. I cannot find the origin, or even pictures of this flag anywhere, and am not even quite sure if it is American. It may have resembled Canadian, French or even British origin. Please, if you could help it would be very helpful.
James Schizoidman, 27 April 2010

I provided a speculative illustration of it (above) and asked him about where he saw it. It doesn't sound like it is a painting.
Rob Raeside, 27 April 2010

Yes, that is what it looked like. I honestly do not have any more information on this flag. I am trying to remember it from memory, but your design is what I saw. It is quite possible that this flag doesn't exist, but I am sure this was it. The only other thing I can remember is that it may have had something to do with World War II. Not sure on that though. Sorry, It was a long time ago, I do not have any information on it. Is it real or has my memory deceived me?
James Schizoidman, 27 April 2010

This is wild speculation rather than anything concrete, but the flags of the two main political parties in Honduras are an Austria-like red-white-red striped flag and a blue flag with a single white star. The flag you describe is a perfect combination of the two. It may be a pure coincidence, or it may be that what you have is some kind of Honduran political flag.
James Dignan, 27 April 2010

It also might be a variant of the Confederate First National "Stars and Bars."
Pete Loeser, 28 April 2010

At least one surviving CSA Flag generally meets this description, that of the 25th Virginia Regiment. In addition to the design described, however, the star was encircled with the word "VIRGINIA."
Dave Martucci, 29 April 2010

A flag like this, but with "Virginia" below the star, was captured at Phillipi in Western Virgina in 1861. I forget the unit it was offhand.
Greg Biggs, 30 April 2010

This is the flag of the "Volunteers of the Fifth Infantry Regiment, Hood's Texas Brigade," shown on the Center for Texas Studies website. According to them, the Fifth Infantry Regiment "...had this flag made in 1861 in Richmond, Virginia. A variant of the Confederate First National Flag, Republic of Texas, the volunteers of the Fifth Texas developed great affections for what they referred to as their 'lone-star flag'."
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 5 July 2010


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