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Little Ship Club (Australia)

One Mile, Queensland; Victoria

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[Little Ship Club ensign] image by Clay Moss, 13 June 2007

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Little Ship Club

A member of the club was kind enough to send me photos of both the ensign and burgee. From their website, a short description and short history of the club:

"The Little Ship club, which is located at the One Mile, to the north of Dunwich on North Stradbroke Island, in the state of Queensland, Australia, was formed by members of the Naval Auxiliary Patrol (previously the Volunteer Coastal Patrol - V.C.P.) following their demobilisation after World War II.

The Japanese invasion of Pearl Harbour in 1941 heightened Australia's awareness of the proximity of the threat by the Imperial forces. A meeting of the V.C.P. was held in rooms of the Royal Queensland Yacht Club, and it was announced that the R.A.N. had agreed to the proposal made to them, and henceforth, the V.C.P. would become a voluntary unit of the R.A.N. under the name of the Naval Auxiliary Patrol, or N.A.P.

One of the roles of the N.A.P. was to provide motor vessels and crews for all night patrols on the Brisbane River. These patrols began during the last week of December 1941 and were to continue on the same nightly voluntary basis until August 1944.

The members of the N.A.P. continued their association after the war and formed the Naval Auxiliary Patrol Association (Qld). After a time, numbers in the N.A.P. Association began to dwindle and efforts were made to amalgamate with the R.Q.Y.C. This proposal was rejected by the R.Q.Y.C. and, following a visit by Eric Early to the Little Ship Club in Victoria, it was eventually decided to form a similar club in Queensland - "The Little Ship Club Qld Sqdn." (incorporating the Naval Auxiliary Patrol Association).

Clay Moss 13 June 2007


[Little Ship Club burgee] image by Clay Moss, 13 June 2007

From the club website website:

The burgee used by the Victorian L.S.C. - "a bright star in a clear night sky" - signifying the service carried out from dark till dawn, day in, day out during the years of war, was also adopted by the L.S.C. Qld Sqdn."
Clay Moss, 13 June 2007

Little Ship Club (Victoria)

There was, briefly, a Little Ship Club (Victoria) in Melbourne. It was granted a defaced Blue Ensign, of unknown design, in 1952, and absorbed by the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club in 1955.
David Prothero, 3 January 2015

Australian Yacht Clubs currently (2009 Navy List) Entitled to a Special Ensign:

Little Ship Club.
12 November 1956. Warrant for defaced Blue Ensign.
David Prothero, 6 February 2015