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Imperial Chinese Navy, 1910-11 (China)

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Overview

After the defeat of the Beiyang Fleet in the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95, the Imperial Chinese Navy underwent a period of reconstruction, culminating in the introduction of Western-style uniforms and ranks in August 1909, the rank flags of which are shown here.
Source: "Fujian Arsenal" temporary exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence
Miles Li, 23 May 2007

I would like to take this opportunity to revise some pages on the rank flags of the Imperial Chinese Navy, as more information have become available in a new book:

中國軍艦圖誌 (1855-1911)
Zhongguo junjian tuzhi (1855-1911)
by Chen Yue
Commercial Press (Hong Kong) Ltd 2013
ISBN 978 962 07 0361 4

The surname of the author is Chen, The relevant pages are pp.281-88
Miles Li, 04 June 2018


Minister of Navy (Haijun Dachen)

Minister of Navy (Haijun Dachen)
image by Mario Fabretto and Miles Li, 06 June 2018


Admiral (Zheng Dutong)

Admiral (Zheng Dutong)
image by Mario Fabretto and Miles Li, 06 June 2018


Vice Admiral (Fu Dutong)

Vice Admiral (Fu Dutong)
image by Mario Fabretto and Miles Li, 06 June 2018


Rear Admiral (Xie Dutong)

Rear Admiral (Xie Dutong)
image by Mario Fabretto and Miles Li, 06 June 2018


Commodore (Tongdai)

Commodore (Tongdai)
image by Mario Fabretto and Miles Li, 08 June 2018

Note that the Commodore here was not a substantive rank, but rather a captain commanding a squadron.
Miles Li, 24 May 2007


Leader (Duizhang)

Leader (Duizhang)
image by Mario Fabretto and Miles Li, 08 June 2018


Duty Pennant

Duty Pennant
image by Miles Li, 08 June 2018

Same as in Beiyang Navy (1890-1910)
Miles Li, 08 June 2018


Masthead Pennant

Masthead Pennant
image by Miles Li, 08 June 2018

Not displayed in the Museum of Coastal Defence exhibition, but illustrated (along with the other 1909 pattern flags) in the Atlas of Flags in China.
Miles Li, 24 May 2007