Mark Don McInnes and Endre Barath Jr have been hosting a challenge during the month of June 2022, "Ole Glory Coast to Coast." As a result, ActiveRain has been awash in American Flags, historical data, and sentiment. It's been a marvelous thing!
And now, here is yet another flag post, this one with a slightly different flag.
I had the pleasure this past weekend to visit a wooden boat show in Whitefish, MT. Not only did we have the enjoyment of wandering around beautifully restored boats, but I noticed there were slightly different United States flags flying aft on each vessel.
Specifically, these are the United States yacht ensigns. An ensign is a national flag that is flown on a vessel to indicate nationality. The ensigns on these boats show an anchor in a circle of thirteen stars. This version was created by an Act of Congress in 1848 as a flag to be used by licensed United States yachts. The flag was required by these yachts, but unlicensed yachts also started flying the flag. The legal requirement for licensed yachts to fly the flag was repealed in 1980 and all pleasure craft can fly the flag today.
And that is why all the wooden boats at this weekend's event were proudly displaying the United States yacht ensign.
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