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The special ensign of the Royal Mersey Yacht Club. Founded Birkenhead 1844.
Title 'Royal' granted 23 September 1844. Admiralty Warrant for special ensign
granted 24 September 1844. Original badge was just the Liver bird; crown added
between 1869 and 1875.
David Prothero, 8 October 2002
I don't think this can be true, as George Holland Ackers in his Universal Yacht Signals, published in 1847, describes on page 243 the ensign of the Royal Mersey Yacht Club as follows: "Blue Ensign of Her Majesty's Fleet with a Crown, over the Bird Liver. Blue Burgee, with Crown and Liver."
Jos Poels, 26 October 2022
The Royal Mersey Yacht Club, from 1844, is on
occasion referred to as the "Royal Liverpool Yacht Club", which introduces one
Liverpool yacht club more than have actually existed. For example, check
references to the 1908 Olympics for such occurrences - at least, that's how I
interpret them. In 21st century media the same name pops up from time to time -
I think again for the Royal Mersey. They are also the club to fly the liverbird.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 14 February 2015
image by Clay Moss, 9 July 2014
The Dumpy Book of Ships and the Sea (1957)
shows the burgee as the liver bird surmounted by a crown on a blue field.
James Dignan, 12 February 2008
image by Clay Moss and Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 15 February 2015
The badge was originally without the crown. That would look similar to this on a
burgee, assuming that's where the badge was shown.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 15 February 2015