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Dover, Kent (England)

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Dover was one of the principal members of the Cinque Ports organisation (something similar to the German Hansa towns, although not as powerful). Dover Council does not fly a flag of its own.
Ian Sumner, 22 October 2003


Port of Dover

[Flag of Port of Dover] image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 October 2010

At http://www.doverport.co.uk/index.asp is a logo of this port that looks like a flag - white-blue-white (1:4:2) with canton half way with three boats.
Dov Gutterman, 21 October 2003

The canton is the arms of the Cinque Ports: per pale gules and azure three lions passant guardant dimidiated and conjoined to the hulks of as many ancient ships all in pale or.
Ian Sumner, 22 October 2003

It is a green over white over light blue horizontal tricolour with ratio 1:6:2. I had the idea the colours might symbolize the white cliffs with the green meadows above and the blue sea beneath. The canton is vertically divided into red and light blue. On the red field are three golden(= yellow) demi-lions passant guardant conjoined to as many silver(= white) ships' hulls being on the blue field.

The canton is a modification of the Cinque Portsí flag. The Confederation of Cinque Ports (= five ports) was originally formed for military and trade purposes, but is now entirely ceremonial. The five ports were Dover (principal port), Hastings, New Romney, Hythe and Sandwich. They are supported by the two ancient towns of Rye and Winchelsea. All the ports were located in Kent or Sussex. The Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports held also the title of a Constable of Dover Castle.
There are another seven members , which are considered to be Limbs of the five towns. Those are Lydd (Limb of New Romney), Folkestone, Faversham, Margate(of Dover), Deal, Ramsgate (of Sandwich) and Tenterden (of Rye). The ports had to support the King with ships and men. Therefore King Edward I. granted some privileges like exemption from tax and tolls; self-government; permission to levy tolls, own jurisdiction including punishment of criminals and possession of lost goods or floating wreckage. Since 15th century the ports lost their importance due to economic development of the country and changes of the coastal lines.

Source: I spotted this flag on 12 October 2010 near Dunkirk Ferry Terminal in Dover.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 18 October 2010


Port of Dover Police

[Flag of Port of Dover Police] image by Martin Grieve, 29 September 2011

The Port of Dover Police was established in 1933, but the Marine Section, which operates one Rigid Inflatable Boat, mainly in the summer, was formed only recently. A Ministry of Defence Warrant for an ensign was arranged by Lord Boyce, former First Sea Lord, now Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and Constable of Dover Castle. The construction of the ensign is novel, being a plain Blue Ensign with two adhesive stickers, used primarily on the sides of police vehicles, applied to the lower fly - one on each side. They are said to survive use afloat quite satisfactorily, and it is thought that it will be a simple matter to apply new ones as and when the current ones start to show signs of wear and tear. It has been suggested to the Section, that when the stickers are renewed, the replacements should be in the centre of the fly.
David Prothero, 29 September 2011

Detail of Badge

[Flag of Port of Dover Police] image by Martin Grieve, 29 September 2011