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Queen's Harbour Master, United Kingdom

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[Queen's Harbour Master] by James Liston

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Use of the flag

The image of the Queen's Harbour Master flag shown above is after Flags of All Nations (HMSO 1958). The flag dates from approximately 1916 (when it read KHM) and was created by Order in Council. It is in use by Queen's Harbour Masters today, both in the United Kingdom and in Canada

James Liston, 24 June 2002

Notice to Mariners 489 of 1915, and Admiralty Weekly Orders 916/1915:
Flown in bows. Effective Pembroke Dock, Plymouth, Devonport, Portland, Portsmouth, Dover, Sheerness, Chatham, Rosyth, Cromarty, Queenstown, Berehaven, Bermuda, Gibraltar, Malta, Wei-hai-wei.

Did not include Hong Kong (civilian Harbour Master with HM ships having exclusive rights in certain anchorages, but no control over portions so reserved), nor Simonstown (Admiralty anchor flag by custom).

Order in Council under Dockyard Ports Regulations Act endowed KHM with full powers of direction and no Order in Council was necessary to assign a particular flag to that official. Flag was chosen in preference to a white square flag with K H M surmounted by naval crown all in red.
Public Record Office, Kew, ADM 1/8382/172.

David Prothero, 25 June 2002

A little more about the flag of the Queen's Harbour Master taken from 'Customs and Traditions of the Canadian Navy' by G.Arbuckle.

The flag denotes the headquarters of the Queen's Harbour Master of Her Majesty's Canadian dockyards. It may be displayed continuously on a gaff or flagstaff outside or on the building housing the offices of the Queen's Harbour Master.

The QHM flies his flag in the bow of the boat or vessel when executing his duty. The QHM flag must not:
a) Displace any distinguishing flag or pennant;
b) Be accorded any salute or ceremonial; or
c) Be displayed for any purpose than denoting the presence of the QHM or his deputy.

David Prothero, 26 June 2002

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