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Coast Guard Ensign

[Ensign of Jamaica]
by Zeljko Heimer, 26 Febuary 2002

Proportions about 4:9.
Source: Flag table in Jane's Fighting Ships, and Smith: Flags Through the Ages and Across the World [smi75b].
Jan Oskar Engene, 18 September 1996

Coast Guard Ensign and Jack (same as national flag) photograps in use on several ships/boats at <www.jdfmil.org>
Zeljko Heimer, 23 Febuary 2002

According to l'Album 2000 [pay00] - Coast-Guard Ensign (---/-S- 1:2) - White ensign (with red St. George cross) and the national flag in the canton. Following the British tradition I guess it is safe to suppose that the same construction details are used here as in the British White Ensign - the width of the cross is 2/15 of the hoist (i.e. hoist is divided 13+4+13). Red used should match the UJ red (somewhat darker then "medium" red). Regarding the usage symbols (though this is a fuzzy thing, of coruse) I would guess that the Coast Guard is closes thing to the navy that Jamaica has, and that we could maybe safely designate this as ---/--W, but it is a minor quiestion. Smith [smi82] indeed mark it so, but it also giver ratio  as 4:9 !?
Zeljko Heimer, 26 Febuary 2002


Maritime Police Ensign

According to [pay00] - Maritime Police Ensign (---/-S- 1:2) - Blue ensign with the national flag in canton and a white emblem in the middle of the fly half.
Zeljko Heimer, 26 Febuary 2002


Royal Jamaica Yacht Club

Royal Jamaica Yacht Club bulletin, with explanation on burgees and officers pennants at <www.rjyc.org.jm>.
Zeljko Heimer, 23 Febuary 2002

The special ensign of the Royal Jamaica Yacht Club is a Blue Ensign with, in the fly,  a crown above a yellow crocodile facing the hoist.
David Prothero, 29 October 2002

If you follow the link to the RJYC site above, you'll see that use of the RJYC ensign is extremely rare, requiring British rather than Jamaican registration and a personal warrant authorizing use of the flag.  The newsletter linked above says no one at present meets those criteria (my interpolations in square brackets):
"THE CLUB'S PRIVILEGED BLUE ENSIGN can only be flown on a vessel by an owner with a Warrant from the Admiralty [presumably now British MOD].  The last holder was the late Alastair Wilson on his COCOBAN. The Warrant is issued to Members who are owners of a British [not Jamaican] registered Ship (or Yacht). It is an anomaly but so it go!
One or two members have flown a Jamaican Blue Ensign as Serving Officers in the JDF Coastguard Reserve. I do not know about that privilege. My effort in the 70's to get approval of a [Jamaican] Blue Ensign for the Club fell on rocky soil. Problem seemed to be who would give approval! My boat CHEN flies the [British] Blue Ensign of the RORC [Royal Ocean Racing Club] for which I hold a warrant. That privilege will end when I complete a transfer to the Jamaica Register of Ships later this year."
Joe McMillan, 29 October 2002






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