- PEACE FLAG
- Any one of a number of flags designed to symbolize peace as, for example, those illustrated below (see also
From left: Two variants of the Rainbow Flag; Variant of the
Dove of Peace Flag; Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (fotw)
- 1) The highest point of the gaff to which the ensign of a warship is shifted
(moved), when it is said to be flying at the peak or at the peak of the gaff – see
‘shift colours’ (also
- 2) A colloquial synonym (although technically incorrect) for the top of a
normal flagpole (see ‘truck 1)’ and
a) With regard to 1), that the practice
of shifting the ensign became necessary in the sailing era due to the introduction of a lower spar to the
mizzen gaff sail, whilst in modern warships the ensign is shifted from an ensign staff to
the peak of the gaff for reasons of tradition or operational requirement
(see also ‘ensign staff’).
b) Also with regard to 1), that (whilst underway) sailing ships - whether
civilian or naval - still have the option of flying their ensigns from the peak of the gaff if fitted, or from
two-thirds the way up the leech of the mainsail if Bermuda rigged (see also
‘leech’), however, the ensign should always be
returned to a staff at the stern when the vessel is at anchor or berthed alongside.
Ensign At The Peak; Ensign Flown At The leech
- PENCEL (or PENCIL)
- 1) A term, now obsolete, for a narrow ribbon attached below the head of a
lance or spear (see see also ‘banderole 2)’,
‘banderole 3)’ and
‘lance pennon 1)’).
- 2) See ‘pennoncel’.
- A largely (but not entirely) obsolete spelling of pennant - see
The Budgee Pendant c1700, England (CS)
- PENDANT, THE
- In British RN usage, now obsolete, the original term for a commissioning or masthead pendant/pennant –
see ‘masthead pennant 1)’ and
Red Commissioning Pendant, England then UK c1630 – 1864 (CS)
Please note, however, that this dictionary uses
the older term first when referring to obsolete designs or patterns of this
type - see ‘budgee pendant’,
‘man o'war pendant’,
‘pendant number’ and
‘pendant of distinction’.
- PENDANT COUPE
- In British RN usage now obsolete, an alternative term for what later became known as the code
or answering pennant – see ‘code pennant’ (also
Pendant Coupee/Answering Pendant c1920 (fotw)
- PENDANT (or PENNANT) NUMBER
- The term was originally used for the group of signal flags/pennants
unique to an individual naval vessel, and raised to indicate that any
subsequent signal hoist was sent from or was intended for that vessel and for no others,
it is now – as a pennant, registration or hull number - a combination of
letters and numbers that identify a particular vessel within the naval
structure (see also ‘call sign hoist’,
‘make her number’,
‘private signal 3)’ and
- PENDANT (or PENNANT) OF DISTINCTION
- The original 17th/18th Century English/British naval term, now obsolete, for
a commodore’s broad pennant (see also
‘budgee pendant’ and
Pendant of Distinction/Broad Pendant 1674 – 1864, England then UK
Please note – not to be confused with the distinction pendant used in Marryat’s code – see
- PENDANT (or PENNANT) OF INDEPENDENT COMMAND
Common/Tricolour Pendant, England/UK 1661 – c1650 (fotw)
- A medieval term, now obsolete, for a pennant or small flag.
- 1) A general (and imprecise) term for flags which are not strictly rectangular.
- 2) A flag which will usually narrow in width between the
hoist and the fly, and which may be triangular, square-ended or swallow-tailed
(see also ‘flag 2)’,
See supplemental note and the notes below.
a) With regard to 2), the following modern flags
can fall into this category: broad pennant,
masthead pennant and others, as do obsolete
(or increasingly obsolete) forms such as
pennon and pensel, and it is strongly suggested that the
more precise terms (as defined separately herein) are to be preferred in description.
b) One common denominator,
which distinguishes a pennant from a flag (as defined in ‘flag 2)’
as referenced above), is that the former is usually secondary
to the latter, and differs from it in shape, size and/or in the manner of display.
- PENNANT OF COMMAND
- See ‘masthead pennant 1)’.
Pennant of Command/Kommandowimpel of Germany (Wikipedia)
Please note that this term is a translation of the
German kommadowimpel, and should not be confused with a command pennant as
separately defined herein.
- 1) See ‘fanion 2)’.
- 2) See ‘lance pennon 1)’ and
- 3) In official Scottish usage, a 120 cm long pennant that is either triangular in form or has a rounded point,
and which may be granted by Lord Lyon King of Arms to any armigerous person who applies – but see
‘guidon 3)’ (also
‘armigerous’, ‘badge pennon’ and
- 4) At sea, an increasingly obsolete term for a small pennant.
Fanion/Convoy Flag according to NATO Regulations (fotw);
Lanes Pennon of Sir Robert Knolles, England c1460 (CS);
Lance Pennon, UK c1840 (CS)
- An obsolete spelling of pennon – see ‘lance pennon 1)’.
- PENNONCEL (PENNONCELLE, PENICELLUS or PENNUNCELLUS)
- 1) Generically the term, now obsolete, for any small flag (usually)
carried on a lance – a pencel – but see ‘badge pennon’
and 2) below (also
'badge in heraldry',
'livery colours', and
‘lance pennon 1)’).
2) Specifically the term, now obsolete, for an armigerous swallow-tailed lance pennon –
- The medieval term, now obsolete, for a knight who bore an armigerous,
swallow-tailed pennon on his lance and was, therefore, below the rank
of banneret – a knight bachelor – see ‘pennoncel 2)’ (also
‘banneret 2)’ and
‘lance pennon 1)’.
Lance Pennon of a Pennoncier (or Knight Bachelor), England 1415
- See ‘pinsel’.
Pensil/Pinsel of the Clan Fraser (Fraserchief)
- A hollow five-sided (star-like) figure - but see ‘Magen David’ and its following note.
Flag and Arms of Giebenach, Switzerland (fotw &