I'm afraid still lost.
What is the 'earning a reward by their own efforts' actually mean.
Could you please describe the specific 'efforts' that lead to the award of being able to fly a Blue Ensign. So far, either you join a particular club open to all, or you are, or were, a member of the armed forces.
If I did National Service in the Army but never left the UK do I still qualify ?
It is never too late to have a happy childhood. Buy a boat.
Fill in the form:
....and you can apply for a defaced blue ensign permit and joint the elite, like the rest of us.
You have earned the privilege.
Interestingly, I was reading that countries' ensigns are sometimes based on that of the RN squadron protecting the region. So while the White patrolled home waters, the Red (see Canadian pre-1965 and Bermudan flags) patrolled the Atlantic and the Blue (see Australia and New Zealand flags) patrolled SE Asia. Don't know how true it is exactly, but good story.
Last edited by Flashy; 14-04-12 at 17:15.
Danish-owned yachts that are used for leisure only (ie. no commercial activity, no hiring etc.) are allowed to wear the naval ensign with the letters "YF" (for Yacht Flag) in the upper corner. This flag has swallow-tails, and looks quite lovely.
Members of the Royal Danish Yacht Club can wear the same flag, under the same conditions, but with an additional three golden stars. Such as this: http://www.lystsejlads.dk/effekter/i...13-232-sub.jpg
I've never actually seen anyone use that flag, though I have seen a few ships with a crown and three stars on the transom, denoting membership of said club. There might be a slight bit of snobbery associated with this.
Some rowing clubs etc. also have special ensigns, and they tend to wear those on their boats. No snobbery seems to be associated with this use.
Heroes all, without medals and whose pay stopped from the day their ship was sunk!
I did serve in the RN during National Service - but I'll stay with the Red Duster.
Last edited by reginaldon; 14-04-12 at 17:52. Reason: addendum