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  1. #91
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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    As far as I remember it's whenever meeting a warship, RN or foreign, whichever way they're going.

    I don't dip ensigns very often as I reckon they're busy enough already but have had better responses from other countries' ships than our own; looking forward to trying HMS Queen Elizabeth though
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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Quote Originally Posted by JumbleDuck View Post
    Good point, well made. But would they have sailing boats? There are a couple of big motorboats in a marina I know which belong to people with no visible means of support. Every month or so they go away for just long enough to make a trip to a quiet port in the South of Ireland and back.
    Puppy smuggling is apparently a big thing. A couple of alleged smugglers were drowned off the Rinns of Galloway last year so the story goes.

  3. #93
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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Traditionally Red Ensigns were worn on the leech of the sail on gaffers, they tended to be straight up on the leech. but with Bermudan sails it puts it at an angle that is unsightly and some might see this as poor etiquette. As I was brought up in my sailing aboard sail training vessels etiquette was everything, but its better being there than not I suppose.

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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Quote Originally Posted by Seajet View Post
    As far as I remember it's whenever meeting a warship, RN or foreign, whichever way they're going.

    I don't dip ensigns very often as I reckon they're busy enough already but have had better responses from other countries' ships than our own; looking forward to trying HMS Queen Elizabeth though
    I dip mine, in days gone by it was always a bit of fun to watch a sailor run out dip it and then go back. (then again I was in the RAF) nowadays, they do it from a button on the bridge. They don't respond as much now. I think this is a pity as sometimes tradition is a good thing and we are a proud seafaring nation!!

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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Really ?

    They have an ensign dipping button ?!

    No wonder the state of the defence budget !
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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Do submarines fly an ensign?

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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleSister View Post
    Do submarines fly an ensign?
    "Seamen are always wanting to do things the proper way; and I like to do them my way."

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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Quote Originally Posted by LittleSister View Post
    Do submarines fly an ensign?
    Yes but not underwater. That would be taking 'dipping' a bit far.

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    Default Re: Red Ensign on Backstay

    Quote Originally Posted by Lightwave395 View Post
    We're clearly a wealthier nation these days - time was motorways were alive with aggressively driven Vauxhall Cavaliers...
    The name says it all

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spirit (of Glenans) View Post
    The name says it all
    Ah, the days when Vaushalls were all named after reps' hotels ("Carlton", "Belmont", "Nova") and Fords were all named after soft core pornography ("Fiesta", Escort", "Razzle Readers' Wives").
    "Seamen are always wanting to do things the proper way; and I like to do them my way."

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