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Pilot Flags (Sweden)

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Pilot Ensign

[Pilot Ensign]
image by Željko Heimer

The national flag bordered white.

According the image in Album 1995, the border appears about 3/4 of the yellow stripe, though this could have been unprescribed. By the 1990's this flag would have long been made obsolete, and therefore is not included in Album 2000. Are we sure that the flag is legally made obsolete at some point, or only fell into disuse. As always with the pilot flags (and as it is often difficult to know), there is a question how this flag was used - as ensign on pilot wessels, as ensign or signal on ships on which there is a pilot on duty or by ships requesting a pilot.
Željko Heimer, 15 March 2003

Pilot Inspection Vessels

Pilot Inspection (1939)

[Pilot Inspection pennant] ratio: 1:2
image by Željko Heimer
Source: Flaggenbuch (1939) [neu39]

Used only on official vessels, not on the pilot vessels.

Triangular pennant divided vertically in white and blue with a crowned yellow anchor in the white field. The length of the white field is half the length of the blue field (ie. 3:2+4). As indicated in the Flaggenbuch caption, the flag was used as signal on inspection vessels (i.e. inspection inspecting pilots) and not on the pilot vessels. Once again: adopted? abandoned? what is used today?
Željko Heimer, 18 March 2003

Pilot Inspection Vessels (pre-1905)

[Pilot Inspection ensign]
image by Miles Li and Željko Heimer, 3 December 2006

Source: Flaggenbuch (1905) [ruh05]

Pilot Vessels

[Pilot vessel flag] ratio: 1:2
image by Željko Heimer
Source: Flaggenbuch (1939) [neu39]

Vertically divided white and blue rectangular flag. The National Geographics 1917 Flag Number shows this flag the same but with noticabley different blue colour, i.e. differing from the shade used in other Swedish flags. The blue used there is the "ordinary" blue (i.e. B or B+).
Željko Heimer, 18 March 2003