Flags at Sea

  1. Great Nautical Flags for Spring Boating

    american flag boat rear Spring is in the air! It’s time to work in the garden and plan an outdoor soiree. One of the best parts about the return of spring is the chance to get your boat back in the water.
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  2. Sailing Flags - Best Nautical Flags, Pennants and Signals for Your Boat

    boothbay harbor windjammer Flags on ships (and boats) communicate. They are intended to send messages to other boats (and ships), and they are structured to do so internationally. Each flag by itself and many combinations provide very specific information, which you should know before you raise any flags. If you are a serious boater, you will have a complete set of nautical flags available for use. The flags represent the letters A-Z, the digits 0-9 and four special flags. The special flags indicate that you’re answering a signal or are repeating a specific letter.
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  3. From Sea to Shining Sea: Thirteen of America's Most Patriotic Boats and Yachts

    Thirteen of America's Most Patriotic Boats and YachtsAmerica is a strong nation founded upon the principles of liberty and freedom. Naturally, Americans exhibit the same fundamental spirit of patriotism that this great nation was founded upon, whether it’s demonstrated through the actions of brave men and women who fight every day for our freedom overseas, or by simple gestures and actions that show support for our country at home. This can be as simple as dressing up your boat or yacht with boat flags on Memorial Day and proudly waving the American flag. In support for the love of country, there are a lot of ways citizens can show their patriotism, and in the United States of America, this is usually branded with the colors red, white, and blue. In the water, it isn’t easy to overlook. Boats of all kinds can show a true sense of American patriotism, whether they’re civilian speedsters driven by fellow Americans on the 4th of July or aircraft carriers decked with fighter jets and a stream of colored smoke flying overhead, all done in the most radical bids to show off the creative showcase of the American spirit. Our historic American warships have played pivotal roles in shaping world history and, at the same time, serve as the largest patriotic boats out there. Even yachts decked out in all things red, white and blue that are owned by those who dared to dream the American dream, like
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  4. The Flag of the United States Marine Corps

    US marine corps flag The emblem of the United States Marine Corps is one of the most recognizable symbols in America. The Corps accepts only the most elite, dedicated soldiers, and that dedication truly lasts a lifetime. Marines proudly display the Corps emblem on their vehicles, their clothing and even their skin! The flag of the Marine Corps flies outside homes across the country, showing support for the members of this elite group that protects our country. While the flag displays the iconic emblem, there are also other important features to understand on this proud banner and the history behind its creation.
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  5. The Flag of the U. S. Navy

    United States Navy flagOf all the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Navy may be the most diverse. Everyone thinks of the Navy as just sailors, protecting our country from the deck of a ship, but the Navy has a rich intelligence branch, a naval air force and a special operations force, the Navy SEALS. The brave men and women who serve our country in the Navy are much more than sailors patrolling our waters. With their prestigious history of service, it is fitting that the Navy has a flag as proud as their servicemen.
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  6. The Flag of the U.S. Coast Guard

    American coast guard flag flatThe U.S. Coast Guard is often forgotten in a discussion of the American military, but they play a vital role in guarding and protecting the waters of the United States. They embark on hundreds of lifesaving search and rescue missions for boaters and sailors in distress. While nearly everyone is familiar with the flags for larger branches of the American military, the Coast Guard flag often goes unrecognized even though it has a long and proud tradition of faithful Americans serving under its banner. US Coast Guard boat at sea
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  7. A Brief History of the Jolly Roger

    image2 One of the most common symbols we see today is The Jolly Roger, which is found on children's toys, holiday decorations, and even sports team logos, such as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and which replaced the crossbones with swords and a football to represent their team in a unique way.
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  8. Semaphore Flags

    11949934001267935583semaphore_positions.svg.medDid that get your attention? It should have, because that motion with the flags in that position is the internationally designated semaphore signal for “Attention!” It also means “Error,” but we can skip that for now.

    Semaphore flags are the end result of a signaling system developed in the late 1600s by Robert Hooke (of microscope fame). He presented it to the Royal Society, but they failed to do anything with it. A century later, it was adapted and used by Claude Chappe in France,

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  9. By Land or By Sea: Flags Are More Than Decorations

    Sail Boat Flags The open ocean has undeniable appeal, especially in today’s hectic, loud, busy world. The simplicity of a valiant sailing ship running before a brisk wind in silent elegance encapsulates a glorious idea of escape. One does not often find a quiet haven disturbed only by the rush of wind and water and the crying of seabirds. Even better, when it enables you to explore the greater world around you in unexpected and glorious ways. Full sails and salt spray hearken back to the earliest adventurers and traders looking upon the mysterious shores of a New World.

    Sailboats

    Modern day sailing is an interesting and challenging art that requires both physical effort and careful study—and is becoming more and more popular as a delightful warm-weather hobby. The perennial popularity of the Boston Sailing School on the Charles River in Massachusetts is testimony; children of all ages learn to set sail and love the open water. Each year hundreds of young people grapple with every level of challenge, from beginners to advanced racing techniques, and even nighttime navigation. The Eastern Seaboard teems with opportunities for unique adventure, far from the dubious delights of fast food and social media. Sailing, it seems, can be for almost everyone, as these sea-going beauties come in all sizes. Even tiny solo sailboats command as much respect as luxurious multi-bedroom yachts when it comes to sheer accomplishment and skill. In one respect, however, they all have a beautifully uniting feature: They all fly colors.

    Letter Flags

    A flag is an identity at sea, a statement of who you are and where you are from. One flies the flag of one’s country in pride and honor, but there is also a vibrant, beautiful language of smaller flags utilizing an internationally recognized code for communication. Using 26 pennons to represent the letters of the alphabet that are described in NATO phonetic terms (A=alpha, B=bravo, C=charlie, etc.) these small, brilliant flags help international ships pass quick, efficient messages. Making the whole concept a little
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