The Union Flag

By Rear Admiral Sir R. Massie Blomfield KCMG, published April 1911

Abstract

Following an earlier article by W. G. Perrin, Blomfield seeks to establish more accurately when and why a small National Flag was flown on a flagstaff at the bowsprit end in Royal Navy ships. The earliest reference he discovered was Captain John Yonge’s June 1596 “Rules for Naval Affayres” and although submitted to Lord Charles Howard and the Earl of Essex there is no evidence they were adopted. However, within fifty years the practice of fleet squadrons carrying red, white and blue flags to denote the Admiral’s squadron and those of the Vice-Admiral and Rear Admiral was well established.

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Filed under: Tudors | Other (location)
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies

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