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A lovely boat on a cruise in the Aegean. In the background one of the islets close to Lipsos. The boat is probably headed to Patmos for the evening, I took the picture from a speedboat heading to the opposite direction (Leros).

This picture was an incentive for me to look for information about the flag, the meaning of which we'd been trying to guess for years.

According to Wikipedia:
The Red Ensign or "Red Duster" is a flag that originated in the early 17th century as an English ensign flown by the Royal Navy and later specifically by British Merchant Seamen (The British Merchant Navy). The precise date of its first appearance is not known, but surviving receipts indicate that the Navy was paying to have such flags sewn during the 1620s. It is currently used as the civil ensign of the United Kingdom.
Today, Red Ensigns charged with the local emblem are available to be used by ships registered on several of the component registers of the Red Ensign Group: Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Jersey, and Isle of Man.

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  • Copyright: Ourania Karali (ourania) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2981 W: 5 N: 6003] (29483)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-07-17
  • Categories: Transportation
  • Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2012-12-05 6:50
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