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Red Ensign

noun
1.
the ensign of the British Merchant Navy, having the Union Jack on a red background at the upper corner of the vertical edge alongside the hoist Compare White Ensign, Blue Ensign
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  • A red ensign was seized jack downward in her main rigging, the highest note of the sailorman's agony of distress.

    A Master of Fortune Cutcliffe Hyne
  • A red ensign for Australian merchant vessels was first approved in 1903.

    British Flags W. G. Perrin
  • In 1801 the "new" three-cross union had entered into the upper corner of the red ensign of British rule.

  • She was like a good many other ships that fly the red ensign, worn out.

    Aliens William McFee
  • From a flagstaff at the pierhead, the red ensign of England was displayed.

    The Ebb-Tide Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyde Osbourne
  • In those days, of course, even the shabby old red ensign was an inviolable sanctuary.

  • At that moment he caught sight of the red ensign flying at the fore, and asked the captain to give him one like it.

    Savage Island Basil C. Thomson
  • Soon they were towed in between Ramsgate piers, and this time the flying of the British red ensign denoted, 'All saved.'

    Heroes of the Goodwin Sands Thomas Stanley Treanor
  • At "four" the red ensign came fluttering down and the mail packet was a prize of war.

    The Old Merchant Marine Ralph D. Paine
  • The red ensign was flying from the peak of the mainsail, and from the mast-head a long pennant bearing her name.

    In Greek Waters G. A. Henty

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