Flags worn by RN dockyard vessels?
- April 16, 2021 at 12:36 pm #21577Andy JParticipant
During the Napoleonic War, what flag(s), if any, would service craft belonging to Royal Navy dockyards wear while about their day-to-day work? I’m thinking of craft like sheer vessels (not hulks), anchor sloops &c.April 18, 2021 at 6:54 am #21585David HepperParticipant
From the 1690s, support vessels employed in HM Service were entitled to wear a Red Ensign, defaced with the relevant seal of the Office concerned.
I would suggest that for the harbour craft, then perhaps the Navy Board flag ? Red Ensign with 3 anchors
see: : https://www.crwflags.com/fotw/images/g/gb_nmm58.gif
The Ordnance Board were responsible for guns and ammo, flag – red ensign with 3 guns and 3 cannonballs
The Victualling Board (food, beer etc) – two anchors in saltire
From 1864 the Red Ensign was changed to BlueApril 18, 2021 at 6:55 am #21584David HepperParticipant
From the 1690s ships and vessels employed in HM Service were entitled to fly the Red Ensign, defaced with the Seal of the respective Office – so I would suggest that the Navy Board flag would be the most likely – red ensign with three anchors
See: : https://www.crwflags.com/fotw/images/g/gb_nmm58.gif
Ordnance Board craft (responsible for the guns and ammo) would have used the red ensign with 3 guns and cannonballs
see: : https://www.crwflags.com/fotw/images/g/gb~obr1.gif
The victualling Board (food, beer etc); red ensign with anchors in saltire
The Red Ensign was changed to Blue Ensign in 1864May 17, 2021 at 10:24 am #21685Andy JParticipant
Thank you very much, that’s really useful.
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