Ensign Flags and Pennants
We can provide ensign flags and pennants for all your national, naval and military needs. We've been printing and sewing flags for over 30 yers and can make flags to your exact specifications. We can manufacture both traditional and bespoke designs in a range of durable flag materials and can deliver the highest quality sewn and appliqued flags .
The Red Ensign (red field with the Union Flag in the canton*) undefaced is for the use of all other British merchant navy ships and private craft. The Red Ensign is the correct flag to be worn as courtesy flag by foreign private vessels in United Kingdom waters. Merchant vessels from British overseas territories and Crown dependencies are entitled to Red Ensigns defaced with the badge of their Territory.
The Blue Ensign (dark blue field with the Union Flag in the canton) undefaced is worn by masters of vessels in possession of a warrant issued by the Director of Naval Reserves, and by the members of certain yacht clubs. Such warrants are issued to officers in the active or retired lists of the Royal Naval Reserve and the maritime reserve forces of other Commonwealth Realms and Territories. The master must be of the rank of lieutenant RN or above, and fishing vessels must be crewed by at least four other Royal Naval reservists or pensioners.
The White Ensign. Since the reorganisation of the Royal Navy in 1864, use of the White Ensign (a red St George's Cross on a white field with the Union Flag in the canton) has been restricted to ships, boats, submarines and on-shore establishments of the Royal Navy. The Royal Yacht Squadron also fly the white ensign by special dispensation. Many defaced ensigns with various badges and emblems have arisen over the years
* The canton is any quarter of a flag but most commonly means the upper left hand quarter.
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