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Blue Ensign

noun
1.
an ensign having the Union Jack on a blue background at the upper corner of the vertical edge alongside the hoist: flown by Royal Navy auxiliary vessels, and, with some extra distinguishing mark or insignia, by certain yacht clubs Compare Red Ensign, White Ensign
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  • The blue ensign of Great Britain hung motionless from the mizzen of the yacht Petrel.

    A Desperate Voyage Edward Frederick Knight
  • The chase on this hoisted a blue ensign and hove-to with main-topsail to the mast.

    Hurricane Hurry W.H.G. Kingston
  • She flew no flag at her masthead, it is true; but Mildmay could now see that she had hoisted a blue ensign on her ensign staff.

    With Airship and Submarine Harry Collingwood
  • There are, however, instances during the eighteenth century of these ships flying a red or blue ensign.

    British Flags W. G. Perrin
  • She had dipped her flag to the Wiggle's blue ensign, and Bones had replied with two terrific blasts on his siren.

  • On the blue ensign of the Board of Trade is found in the fly a white circle, and within this a ship in full sail (see Fig. 105).

    The Flags of the World F. Edward Hulme
  • The flag of the club is the blue ensign of Her Majesty's fleet, with a gold crown and Maltese cross.

    Yachting Vol. 2 Various.
  • Certain yacht clubs are also authorized by special admiralty warrant to fly the blue ensign.

  • If an Excise vessel, a blue ensign and pendant "with the marks now used."

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