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Unidentified Flags or Ensigns (2019)

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Below is a series of images of flags that have been provided to FOTW; some we have recognized, and some we have been unable to recognize. If you can help us identify any of these flags, please let us know! Contact the: UFE Editor.

Identification Key:

= Positive ID (Positive Identification)
= Tentative ID (Tentative Identification)
= Some Speculation

Unidentified Flags on this Page:

  1. Unidentified A3 Swallow-Tail
  2. Victorian Era Maritime Signal Flags I.D.
  3. Brexit/Remain flag?

Unidentified Flags on other pages:


19-1. Unidentified A3 swallow-tail Positive ID

Image from Robert Egbert, 2 January 2018

What can you tell me about this one? It measures 3' x 5' is nicely stitched, brass grommets, stiff sailcloth and no markings whatsoever. Have you seen this design before? Seems to be made of a very tightly woven sailcloth, all screened, two brass grommets. That's it, any ideas?
Robert Egbert, 2 January 2018

This is not a flag I have seen - the closest I can come is the American West African Line, but I suspect the A^3 refers to A-cubed, meaning an A-A-A club, likely a local sailing club. Any insights?
Rob Raeside, 2 January 2019

Solved! I called an old international sailor friend of mine and he knew this flag and the boat it came from. It is A3, the Americas Cup defender and winner in the 1992 series. She was referred to as America Cubed and was owned by one of the Koch brothers, you know who they are. She also tried to sail in the 95 cup being crewed by all women but lost in the finals to Dennis Connor.
Robert Egbert, 3 January 2019


19-2. Victorian Era Maritime Signal Flags I.D. Some Speculation

Image from Brad Emalfarb, 5 January 2019

I recently pulled these out of a British archive I picked up the majority was 1880's era. I would love any help you may be able to give me regarding age and or signals etc...
Brad Emalfarb, 5 January 2019

These flags are the symbols for 0 - O - E - I - 7 using the International Code of Signals, but I don't know their significance as a string of flags.
Rob Raeside, 5 January 2019

These flags now have these meanings, but several have gotten those meanings in the 20th century, during the Interbellum; 1932, I think.
If the majority of the archive is very large - like everything but the flags - then the flags are unlikely to have had those relatively modern meanings. On the Other Hand, the flags that weren't in use earlier may well allow setting a time range for ICS flags.
Also, if this is indeed an original string of flags, it might be possible to determine the meaning. Considering the state of the flags and the fact they weren't spilt up after use. it would be tempting to think that this was an often-used signal, which suggests a ship's registration number. Do we know how to look that up?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 6 January 2019

It sounds as if the ship in question might have been "making her number" with the flags kept as a souvenir?
Christopher Southworth, 6 January 2019


18-3. Brexit/Remain flag? Positive ID

Image from Albert S. Kirsch, 15 January 2019

What is the flag at the extreme left?
Albert S. Kirsch, 15 January 2019

That is the flag of the "Stand of Defiance European Movement" [SODEM].
Anti-Brexit, as I understand it, but I'll have to leave the details to the natives.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 15 January 2019

#3a    #3b
Image from Pete Loeser, 18 January 2019

I add this partially done drawing of the flag in question (#3a). It is missing a line of gold characters across the top portion that I believe are the SODEM web address and their telephone number. I leave it to one of our illustrators to finish my drawing.
Also not mentioned by Al was a second protest flag (#3b) in the picture that is also being used by the protesters. It is an interesting combination of the Union Jack and European Union flag.
Pete Loeser, 18 January 2019


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