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Sluzbene novine Kraljevine Srba, Hrvata i
Slovenaca,nr. 89/22, 28 February1922
(Official Gazette of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes)
"We Alexander I by the grace of God and the wish of the people the
King of Serbs,
Croats and Slovenes proclaim and issue to the whole that the Lawmaking Council of the National Assembly of the Kingdom of SHS, based on the article 130 of the Constitution on its 38th regular session on 28 December 1921 in Belgrade, decided and that we confirmed and that we confirm it now, that the decision of the Ministerial Council, "Pov. Mor." nr. 1481/0 of year 1920 - list of acts of Ministry of Army and Navy nr. 46 - Official Gazette nr. 195. of 3 September 1921 - change and declare
The Law on the Ensigns of War, Merchant and Private Vessels
Article 1. War Ensign
The War Ensign has ratio of 1:1.5, and consists of three horizontal fields of equal width. The colors are blue-white-red. On one third of the ensign length there is the state coat of arms with the crown. The height of the arms and crown (without the globe and cross) is half of the ensign width.
Article 2. Merchant Ensign
The Merchant Ensign has ratio 1:1.5, and consists of three horisontal fields of equal width. Colors are blue-white-red.
Article 3. Reserve Naval Officer Ensign
The Reserve Naval Officer Ensign is equal to the merchant ensign. In the blue filed, to the hoist there is white anchor with cord and above it yellow royal crown. The distance of the crown from the hoist is equal to its width, and that is 1/3 of the width of the blue field.
Article 4. Harbor Police Ensign
The Harbor Police Ensign is equal to the merchant ensign. On one half of the ensign length from the hoist, there are in the white field two blue crossed anchors.
Article 5. Standard of the Minister of Army and Navy
The Standard of the Minister of Army and Navy has ratio 1:1 (square) and consists of three horizontal fields of equal width. The colors are blue-white-red. The standard is bordered with the border of the width of one 33rd part of the base standard length. The upper and lower part of border is divided in 33 vertical fields in that way that the edge fields are blue, and in-between fields are ordered white-red-white-blue and so on.The left and right border have also 33 horizontal fields in which colors are arranged in the same way as in the upper and lower border. In corners there are three white fields, one blue and one red, so that those are in-between the white ones, and all meet each other on the diagonal of the square in the corner of the border. In the left corner of the standard in the blue field there is white double-headed eagle with the state coat of arms and the crown. The size of this symbol depends on the size of the field itself, and equals to the eightfold width of the small border fields. The vertical axis of the eagle should be 4.5 widths of the small border fields from the left edge.
Article 6. Standard of Rear Admiral
The standard of Rear Admiral is blue in ratio 1:1, bordered in the same manner as the standard of the Minister of Army and Navy. In second quarter of the blue field there is the Royal crown. The width of the crown is 8.5 widths of the small border fields.
Article 7. Standard of Commodore
The standard of Commodore is blue in ratio 1:2, in shape of swallowtail, so that the depth of this indentation is 1/3 of the standard length. In the upper hoist corner there is the Royal crown one fourth of the standard width height. The crown is in the left upper square, which sides are equal to half standard height.
Article 8. Standard of Seniority
The standard of Seniority is blue as the standard of Commodore, but without the crown.
Article 9. Masthead Pennant
The Masthead Pennant is white flag in ratio 1:100 (sic!) ending in the shape of peek [i.e. triangle]. On the first tenth of the length there are three horizontal fields of the same width in the state colors. The peek of the flag ends with a white bunch of ropes
Article 10. Customs Signal
The Customs signal is triangular, divided in three fields of blue, white and red. The base of the white field equals to the half signal height, while the bases of the blue and red fields are one fourth of the signal height. The width of the signal is one and a half of height. The points of all fields meet in the point of the triangle.
Article 11. Post Signal
The Post signal has ratio 1:1, and contains of three horizontal fields of blue-white-red. The white field is double the width of the blue or red one, and contains a deep-blue post-horn. The length of the horn is one half, and the height is one fourth, it distance from inner and outer edge one fourth, and from the blue and red fields one eighth of the flag length.
Article 12. Hoisting (use) of ensigns, standards, signals and pennants
For the hoisting (use) of the standards shall be valid the decisions of His Majesty the King.
Only the war ensign, merchant ensign, reserve naval officer ensign
and harbor police ensign shall be hoisted at stern as the signs of
nationality of the vessel. The war ensign shall be hoisted only by
the war vessels; the merchant ensign shall be hoisted by other state
and private vessels; the reserve naval officer ensign shall be
hoisted on merchant vessels on which the commanders are reserve naval
officers and which gained the right to hoist this ensign by decree;
the harbor police ensign shall be hoisted by all vessels in service
of Maritime Administration.
The standard of the Minister of Army and Navy, of Rear Admiral, of Seniority and war pennant shall be hoisted only by war vessels; customs signal only by vessels in customs service, and post signal by all vessels that serve in postal traffic.
The ministry of Army and navy shall make rules on hoisting the
flags on war vessels, and in cooperation with Ministry of Traffic
rules by which the reserve naval officers will gain rights to use
reserve naval officers ensign.
The Ministry of Traffic shall make rules on hoisting of flags on other state, merchant and private vessels of the Kingdom of SHS in coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Industry, Post and Telegraph, Internal Affairs and Finances.
For the making of the required construction sheets, the acquisition of the required number of different flags the Ministry of Finances shall give special funds to the Ministry of Army and Navy - Navy Branch, that shall endorse the job.
This Law is valid with the day of publication and replaces the decision of the Ministry Council, "Pov. Mor." Nr. 1481/0 of 1920 - list of acts of Minsitry of Amry and Navy nr. 46 - Official Gazette nr. 195 of 3 September 1921.
We suggest to Our Minister of Army and Navy that this law publishes, and to all Our Ministers that they take care of it endorsement. To the government we command to act according to it, and to all and everybody to subdue to it.
28 February 1922, in Belgrad
seen and applied the State Seal, Keeper of the State Seal,
Minister of Justice
signed Dr. L. Markovic
President of Ministerial Council
signed Nikola P. Pasic
(followed by signatures of other Ministers)
Translated by Zeljko Heimer , 7 June 1998
Translator's note: The word for flag and ensign is the same in Serb-Croat-Slovene language (as it was called then), but since the law deals in fact with ensigns, I translated it so.