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Haiti - Flags for Use at Sea

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Naval Ensign

[Jack]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 October 2007

It is a blue over red horizontal bicolour with a white rectangle in the centre, containing the coat of arms. It is denoted as a war-flag. The flag is depicted in the ALBUM on p.16, image no.314. According to Flaggenbuch its ratio is 17:27(measured by myself).
The flag must have been used in the 1930' and perhaps also in the 1920'.
Within the coat of arms one can clearly recognize a coastal line behind the sea and the sunk ships on both sides having two masts with white flags.
Sources: Flaggenbuch; edited by HQ of German navy; Berlin 1939, reprinted Zwickau 1992; p.78 Welt, Cigarette ALBUM "Die Welt in Bildern Album 7 : Flaggen der aussereurpäische Staaten", edited between 1928 and 1932 according to the international Schneider, boundaries in the included map of the world.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 October 2007


Coast Guard Ensign

[Jack]
image by Miles Li, 12 August 2008

Here is the flag or "ensign" of the Haitian Coast Guard.
The legend reads: "République d'Ha´ti" and "Toujours Pręts" (which, like the USCG motto "Semper Paratus", means "always ready").
Source: Flags of the World (Gresham and Carr, 1961)
Miles Li, 12 August 2008

I suppose that like the US Coast Guard "ensign", the flag is actually not used as a national ensign on ships, but rather as an additional flag hoisted on the ship 8and also used on land on their premises and in offices).
Is this still used today?
Željko Heimer, 12 August 2008

It seems that it is not in use   I find a photo in which a flag is painted on the wall of Haitian Coast Guard Station Port-au-Prince. I don't know it it is the national flag or the national colors with the emblem of the "Garda Cote". There is a flag on the boats but I think that it is the Naval Ensign.
Dov Gitterman, 12 August 2008


Jack

[Jack]
image by Paige Herring, 22 June 1998

Source: H. Gresham Carr, Flags of the World (1961)

As there is no true army in Haiti anymore, there may be no longer be a jack.
Armand Noel du Payrat, 22 June 1998


Masthead Pennant


image by Željko Heimer, 30 October 2001

Pavillons Nationaux et Marques Distinctives [pay00] shows the masthead pennant as a 1:11 horizontally divided blue-read triangle.
Ivan Sache, 5 January 2001

According to Album 2000 [pay00] - Masthead Pennant. Blue over red long triangular pennant, in Album shown in ratio
1:11.5~, but this is probably not prescribed.
Željko Heimer, 30 October 2001


Pilot Flag

[Jack]
image by Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 October 2007

It is a plain blue flag with a white rectangle in its centre. The flag is depicted in the ALBUM on p.16, image no.316. Flaggenbuch implicitely denies the existence of a special pilot flag, saying on p.78, that the pilot used the trade flag, a simple blue over red horizontal bicolour. If a special pilot flag had existed, it must have been used before 1939.
Sources: Flaggenbuch; edited by HQ of German navy; Berlin 1939, reprinted Zwickau 1992; p.78 Cigarette ALBUM "Die Welt in Bildern Album 7 : Flaggen der Welt, aussereurpäische Staaten", edited between 1928 and 1932 according to the international boundaries in the included map of the world.
Klaus-Michael Schneider, 29 October 2007