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[Middlesex Yacht Club] image by Rob Raeside, 6 April 2019



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Middlesex Yacht Club

Estb: 1896. Location: 276 Middlesex Turnpike, Chester, CT.
Burgee: Pennant circa 5: 8 (print image). Red and blue vertically divided by a white chevron with apex to hoist.
Source: Lloyd’s Register of American Yachts. New York, 1966.
"The Mattabesett Canoe Club was organized January 7, 1896 by a group of canoe enthusiasts and what became of that is now The Middlesex Yacht Club (MYC). The first location was on land owned by the Davis family at the foot of College Street on the Connecticut River in Middletown. . . . On February 1905 the Club’s name was changed to “The Middletown Yacht Club.” A year later the Club bought the club-house with a sizeable piece of land for $5,700. . . . The Rudder Magazine sponsored the first long distance race to Huntington, L.I. starting at our club on September 16, 1911. We were fast outgrowing our club facilities and after much planning, we commissioned a new clubhouse (now Mattabesett Canoe Club Restaurant) on May 30, 1916. . . . In May of 1945, T.M. Russell Jr. found a piece of property in Maromas for our third clubhouse. We built a smaller clubhouse here. It was nearer to the sound, more private, and the flooding did not bother us as much. . . . The club was planning boat slips in 1954 when we were notified that our property was taken over by the government for a new atomic laboratory. By 1957 we made a settlement with the government in which they bought the property for $32,125 and we bought back the building at the salvage value of $400. We then floated the material we needed down the river to our new location [Chester] and used it in our present club which we bought for $31,000. . . . In 1998, a vote was taken to change [back] to "The Middlesex Yacht Club," a change that more accurately identifies the club's community it serves."
John Stellenwerf, Club Historian 2016.
Source: accessed 30 March 2019, http://middlesexyc.com/The-Club/History
Peter Edwards, 4 April 2019

Lloyd’s Register of American Yachts. New York, 1905 already shows this burgee under the club name Middletown, and the 1977 edition shows that burgee under that name too.

I doubt that a vote was taken to change back to Middlesex YC, as it appears it hadn't, so far, ever been the Middlesex YC. The Middlesex Yacht Club had as its burgee a white 2:3 pennant with a narrow blue flywise stripe through the middle, charged with a centred white disk with a diameter of 1/3rd of the height of the hoist, fimbriated in blue , 1/12th of the height of the hoist, the combination being half the height of the hoist in diameter, the white disk charged with a red five-pointed star, one point upward.

This club was organised in 1911 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States, and incorporated in 1916. Originally, this had been the New Brunswick Motor Boat Club. (According to the 1917 edition. According to The Daily Home News of 18 July 1916 the club was known in the past as the New Brunswick Boat Club.
http://www.digifind-it.com/matawan/DATA/homenews/1916/1916-07-18.pdf)
I don't know whether the original club had a burgee. The next edition I was able to check the existence with was 1931, at which time the Middlesex Yacht Club had disappeared from the pages.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 6 April 2019


Variant flag

[Middlesex Yacht Club] image by Rob Raeside, 6 April 2019

This image is based on the club's website, http://middlesexyc.com/. The blue is much lighter, and the burgee appears considerably longer.
Rob Raeside, 6 April 2019