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Belgium: Naval flags, 1917

Last modified: 2013-11-30 by ivan sache
Keywords: secretary of the navy | admiral | vice admiral | rear admiral | masthead pennant | disks: 4 (white) | disks: 3 (white) | disks: 2 (white) | commodore | senior officer | jack | pilot |
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The October 1917 issue of National Geographic Magazine [gmc17] shows p. 347, figures 532 through 540, a set of naval flags different from the current ones.The colour plate is conveniently reprinted in Zanmierowski [zna99] on page 97.
Numbers below are from the plate in National Geographic Magazine and the name are the appropriate US counterparts, since the plate shows different naval flags in comparison with the US system.

Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001


Secretary of the Navy

[Secretary of the Navy]

Flag of the Secretary of the Navy - Image by Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001

#532. The flag is vertically divided black-yellow-red, in proportion 2:3.
This is probably the same flag as the one currently used for Members of the Government (only now it is square). It would be one of the Ministers that would be counterpart of the US Secretary of the Navy.

Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001


Admiral

[Admiral]

Flag of an Admiral - Image by Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001

#533. The flag is vertically divided black-yellow-red, with four white disks placed vertically in the black stripe. The flag proportion is 2:3.

Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001


Vice Admiral

[Vice Admiral]

Flag of a Vice Admiral - Image by Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001

#534. The flag is vertically divided black-yellow-red, with three white disks placed vertically in black stripe. The flag proportion is 2:3.

Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001


Rear Admiral

[Rear Admiral]

Flag of a Rear Admiral - Image by Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001

#534. The flag is vertically divided black-yellow-red, with two white disks placed vertically in black stripe. The flag proportion is 2:3.

Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001


Masthead pennant

[Masthead pennant]

Masthead pennant - Image by Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001

#536. The flag is a long rectangular black-yellow-red pennant with a split fly (indentation 1/4 of length). It is still in use.

Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001


Commodore

[Commodore]

Flag of a Commodore - Image by Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001

#537. The flag is vertically divided black-yellow-red, with the red stripe twice the width and split thoughout. The apparent proportion of the flag is 1:2.

Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001


Senior Officer afloat

[Senior Officer afloat]

Flag of the Senior Officer afloat - Image by Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001

#538. The flag is a blue triangular pennnant in proportion 2:3.

Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001


Jack

[Secretary of the Navy]

Jack - Image by Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001

#539.The flag is vertically divided black-yellow-red, in proportion 2:3.
The current jack is similar in design but square.

Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001


Pilot's flag

[Pilot flag, 1917]         [Pilot flag]

Pilot's flag
Left, as shown in National Geographic Magazine - Image by Željko Heimer, 27 February 2001
Right, as shown in Webster's New International Dictionary (circa 1924) - Image by Phil Nelson, 27 February 2001

#540. The flag is vertically divided black-yellow-red with a white border, in proportion 2:3.

Željko Heimer & Phil Nelson, 27 February 2001


 
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