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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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  • Another idiosyncracy was the flying of the blue instead of the red ensign.

    British Flags W. G. Perrin
  • A red ensign for Australian merchant vessels was first approved in 1903.

    British Flags W. G. Perrin
  • 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
  • Special forms of the red ensign may be flown by merchant ships of three of the British Dominions, viz.

    British Flags W. G. Perrin
  • The red ensign, represented in Fig. 97, is the special flag of the ordinary merchantman.

    The Flags of the World

    F. Edward Hulme
  • In 1801 the "new" three-cross union had entered into the upper corner of the red ensign of British rule.

  • Every ship of the squadron bore a red ensign long enough to float from the masthead to the water.

  • And when they did catch us up our skipper simply broke out the red ensign, showed his codeflags, and went ahead.

  • In those days, of course, even the shabby old red ensign was an inviolable sanctuary.

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