Fate of Titanic's Flagbs


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Hi all,

Hope this is the right area to put this question?

Is anyone aware what happened to Titanic's House Flag, U.S. National Flag, and her Blue Ensign? If I remember correctly, Ken Marshall always paints Titanic without her Flags flying at night.

So would all of the flags have been on the Bridge during the sinking?

Regards to all,

Michael George.
 

Noel F. Jones

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I cannot speak for Titanic but the general custom is that once clear of territorial waters no flags are flown.

Exceptions to this would be the streaming of the ensign to salute a passing sister vessel or warship.

Also it was customary to stream the ensign on Sundays.

Of course specific flag signals would be made in an emergency always assuming there were other vessels or aircraft to acknowledge them.

Signal and courtesy flags are kept in, and would be returned to, a specially configured pigeon-hole type cabinet in the chartroom.

Noel
 
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I believe you are right Noel. When answering signals or signaling a passing vessel the ensign was hoisted either before or at the same time as the signal. IMM required the ensign and company signal be hosted while in port from 8:00 AM till sunset.
 

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