British Naval Ensigns

By W.G. Perrin, published July 1911


Article is a historical survey of the use of ensigns by British naval ships. Covers the development of their use and design from 16th century; the use of red, white and blue distinguishing colours; changing designs in the canton; addition of the Red St George’s cross to the white ensign and the final change in mid 19th century. Also gives examples of colour being selected for particular battles for clarity rather than seniority of the commander.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Miscellaneous | Navies

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