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image by Clay Moss, 24 November 2005
Used by Government ships.
Antonio Martins, 4 April 2000
image by Clay Moss, 23 November 2005
image by Antonio Martins, 1 April 2000
image by Clay Moss, 26 November 2005
Watching a Canadian travel show on TV "Don't forget your
passport" which showcased Bermuda, I note ferry boat with a
blue ensign on the stern with a variant of the governmental blue
ensign. The variant has wide red fimbriation around the shield
(no motto). If anything the red is even darker than the red
on the union jack, although the view was brief, and I could not
confirm how dark the red on the union jack was.
Rob Raeside, 17 Febuary 2004
I may have an explanation for this. The last time I was in
Bermuda, I saw a large number of American made Bermuda flags
flying everywhere. I literally saw dozens of them. They had
mostly been made by Annin. Annin's dyed Bermuda badge is made
with a broad red border. There are several reasons why this is
done with the main one being that the badge blends into the red
ensign a little easier. Anyway, the Annin product was much less
expensive than anything the British produced, yet was of equal or
perhaps superior quality.
My guess would be that the Bermuda government perhaps did business in the US as well, and ended up with Annin made blue ensigns. However, Annin forgot to trim the red trim from its badges before inserting them.
Clay Moss, 1 August 2004
Since I wrote my previous report, I have seen a British made
Bermuda red ensign with a red trimmed shield. So, perhaps the
flag Rob sighted was made in the UK after all.
I had seen the same type practice in the British Virgin Islands, only with the colors reversed.
Clay Moss, 22 September 2005