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Coast Guard Anchorage Flag (U.S.)

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[Coast Guard Anchorage Flag] image by Joe McMillan, 26 December 2003

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This flag was apparently introduced in 1921:

Coast Guard Headquarters
Treasury Department

Washington, July 27 1921

General Order No. 85
The Regulations, United States Coast Guard, are amended to read as follows:
ART. 3104(5) The Coast Guard anchorage flag shall be a white field with a blue foul anchor in the center, with the crown toward the upper corner of the hoist; it shall measure 3 feet 6 inches in the hoist and 5 feet in length [approx. 107 x 152 cm].
ART 3086(2) Vessels when performing duty in connection with the enforcement of the rules and regulations governing the anchorage and movements of vessels shall display the national ensign at the flagstaff aft, the Coast Guard ensign and pennant at the pennant staff, and the Coast Guard anchorage flag at the jack staff.

Edward Clifford,
Assistant Secretary
The last published picture I've found of this flag is on an undated chart in the files of the Coast Guard historian's office entitled "Special Flags and Pennants Used by the Coast Guard." From the fact that it includes the personal flags of Treasury Department officials, it apparently dates from before 1966, when the Coast Guard was transferred to the Transportation Department.

I have not been able to find anything in any Coast Guard regulation referring to the current use of this flag and had assumed it was obsolete. However, I recently discovered several on-line procurement solicitations for this and other Coast Guard flags from the old Commerce Business Daily (the former vehicle by which the US Government asked suppliers for price quotes to fill purchase requirements). The most recent was October 1999 and can be seen at [no longer available]. In addition, the flag is still listed in the Defense Logistics Agency's catalog of "reply codes," at [no longer available]. So from this, I conclude that it's either still in use or only recently discontinued.

Joe McMillan, 26 December 2003