36. American Ensigns, Jacks, Flags, Pennants and Named Vessels



An ensign is a national flag flown at sea while a jack is a flag of national character that is generally displayed in the bows of ships when at anchor or during the dressing of the ship. Jacks may also be used as special "signals" when displayed somewhere other than in the bow. A masthead pennant or commission pennant is the distinctive mark of a nation's warship.

Flags used at sea are more varied and complex than their counterparts ashore. Being able to "read" and understand these flags is indicative of a skilled mariner, for besides the design, often the position and manner of the way a ship wears her flags reveals much about not only the nationality, but also of the function, type and purpose of the vessel.

Presented here are these flags from named American vessels from the beginnings of the republic right through to the present day.


American Ensigns, Jacks, Flags, Pennants and Named Vessels Grouping



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Item Ref Item Name Sub-Collection
13 Star S.S. Arctic U.S. Merchant Eagle Jack. ZFC0621 13 Star S.S. Arctic U.S. Merchant Eagle Jack. Mastai - Early American Flags
U.K. White Ensign Made at the New York Navy Yard ZFC0907 U.K. White Ensign Made at the New York Navy Yard United Kingdom
U.S.45 Star Ensign- Navy, New York, 1904 ZFC3359 U.S.45 Star Ensign- Navy, New York, 1904 U.S. Naval
U.S. Navy // USS Tennessee / Dance Card ZFC1948 U.S. Navy // USS Tennessee / Dance Card Flag Related Printed Materials
U.S. Navy Burgee Command Pennant - U.S.S. SHIRK ZFC1480 U.S. Navy Burgee Command Pennant - U.S.S. SHIRK U.S. Naval
USN 7 Star Commission Pennant  - USS Texas. ZFC3248 USN 7 Star Commission Pennant - USS Texas. U.S. Naval
U.S. 48 Star Flag - <i>USS Macon</i> ZFC2281 U.S. 48 Star Flag - USS Macon U.S. Naval
US Navy // Ship's Company Flag ZFC1314 US Navy // Ship's Company Flag U.S. Naval
U.S. 48 Star Flag - U.S.S. Hydrus. ZFC0762 U.S. 48 Star Flag - U.S.S. Hydrus. U.S. Naval
United States  // 48 stars /  nylon Ensign ZFC1513 United States // 48 stars / nylon Ensign U.S. Naval
U.S. Navy Signal Flag Screen ZFC1039 U.S. Navy Signal Flag Screen U.S. Naval
US Navy  Broad Command Pennant //  1 ZFC0869 US Navy Broad Command Pennant // 1 U.S. Naval
US Navy  Broad Command Pennant //  I ZFC0867 US Navy Broad Command Pennant // I U.S. Naval
U.S. 7 Star Commission Pennant - USS Francis Scott ZFC0077 U.S. 7 Star Commission Pennant - USS Francis Scott Star Spangled Banner Flag House
U.S. Navy Ship's Flag - U.S.S. Parsons ZFC1225 U.S. Navy Ship's Flag - U.S.S. Parsons U.S. Naval
U.S 50 Star Jack - USS Truxton 1967-1997. ZFC0051 U.S 50 Star Jack - USS Truxton 1967-1997. Star Spangled Banner Flag House
U.S. Navy 7 Star Commission Pennant. ZFC3479 U.S. Navy 7 Star Commission Pennant. U.S. Naval
US Navy  Broad Command Pennant // 1 ZFC0868 US Navy Broad Command Pennant // 1 U.S. Naval
US Navy  Broad Command Pennant // 2 ZFC0871 US Navy Broad Command Pennant // 2 U.S. Naval
United States // 50 Star / Ensign ZFC2046 United States // 50 Star / Ensign U.S. Naval
USN Burgee Command Pennant ZFC0880 USN Burgee Command Pennant U.S. Naval
United States // Navy / 50-Star Jack ZFC1668 United States // Navy / 50-Star Jack U.S. Naval
United States // Union Jack / 50 Stars ZFC1159 United States // Union Jack / 50 Stars U.S. Naval
U.S. Navy - NAVAIR Systems Command Ceremonial Flag ZFC1126 U.S. Navy - NAVAIR Systems Command Ceremonial Flag U.S. Naval
US // Naval Academy Sailing Squadron ZFC1130 US // Naval Academy Sailing Squadron U.S. Naval
US Navy // Ships Company Flag ZFC1313 US Navy // Ships Company Flag U.S. Naval
US Navy // Ship's Company Flag ZFC1315 US Navy // Ship's Company Flag U.S. Naval
US Navy Code of Signals -  Numeral Flag 0 ZFC0857 US Navy Code of Signals - Numeral Flag 0 U.S. Naval
US Navy Code of Signals - Numeral Flag 3 ZFC0870 US Navy Code of Signals - Numeral Flag 3 U.S. Naval
US NAVY // Church Pennant / Christian ZFC1133 US NAVY // Church Pennant / Christian U.S. Naval
Australia // Post Card / Welcome US Fleet - 1908 ZFC3204 Australia // Post Card / Welcome US Fleet - 1908 Flag Related Printed Materials
44 Star U.S. Navy Jack, 1891 - 1896. ZFC0673 44 Star U.S. Navy Jack, 1891 - 1896. Mastai - Early American Flags

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