Launching Flags in His Majesty’s Ships

By C. H. Gaye-Hexham, published August 1950

Abstract

The custom of hoisting particular flags at a ship’s launching can be traced back to the reign of Henry VIII.  In this short article the author discusses the evolution of this custom though it’s high point when five flags were worn; the Admiralty flag, the Royal Standard, the Union Flag, the jack and the ensign, to the contemporary regulations which allowed only the Admiralty flag, the Union Flag and the ensign.

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Filed under: Other (Early Modern) | Other (Twentieth C) | Other (Nineteenth C) | Other (Eighteenth C) | Other (location)
Subjects include: Administration | Harbours & Dockyards | Navies

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