Blue Ensign Flag
Used by Royal Research Ships, a selection of British registered Yachts and selected British merchant vessels with connections to the Royal Navy. Defaced versions of the blue ensign are common and represents a variety of organizations ranging from the British Antarctic Survey to the Sea Cadets
- Blue Ensigns are hand-made in the UK
- Made from highest-quality materials
- Complete with headband, rope and toggle ready to fly
We manufacture and supply the United Kingdom blue ensign flags in either hand sewn or dye sublimated options. We highly recommend hand sewn nautical flags as the preferred choice for your flag. Manufactured using Ministry of Defence approved 155gsm woven flag material, this fabric offers the best possible durability and has been used by the Navy and other military branches for many years.
Hand Sewn Blue Ensigns
Hand sewn United Kingdom blue ensign flags are made to MoD & Flag Institute standard patterns by cutting panels of the required colours from a roll of fabric, before being sewn together by our skilled flagmakers to create the official pattern. National flag designs with complex details will have a printed panel or badge added to the main field of the flag.
Dye-sublimated Blue Ensigns
Dye-sublimated United Kingdom blue ensign flags are created using our state-of-the-art textile print systems and woven polyester flag fabric in our UK manufacturing facility. Chosen for strength and durability, knitted polyester is an ideal choice for anybody looking for a good value national flag finished ready to fly from your flagpole.
Blue Ensign Flag Finishing
The United Kingdom blue ensign flag is finished by hand with a headband rope and toggle as standard, ready to attach directly to a flagpole. The three exposed sides of the flag are finished with a strong double hem and a triple sewn hem on the fly edge for extra durability.
Other finishes are available, please be sure to select the correct option for you or contact a member of our team for support.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can Fly a Blue Ensign?
In order to fly the blue ensign at sea you must meet all of the following criteria;
- You must be a British citizen and a member of the Royal Torbay Yacht Club.
- The minimum length of your vessel must be at least 7m and be registered in your name.
- Only be used for private, non commercial use.
What does the blue ensign mean?
The plain blue ensign is flown on British merchant vessels whose officers and crew include a certain number of retired Royal Navy personnel or Royal Naval Reservists, or are commanded by an officer of the Royal Naval Reserve in possession of a Government warrant.