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by Clay Moss, 13 October 2008
Based on Flags of Recreational Boating
The flag is the defaced Blue Ensign of the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club,
which carries (as do all British Ensigns) the Union Flag in its canton (or upper
left corner), with a yellow shamrock below a St Edward's Crown in the fly half
(or on the side opposite to the Union). The Club Burgee is, of course,
triangular with a blue field bearing the same shamrock and crown. Unfortunately
however, I do not have a date when this particular Ensign was authorized.
Christopher Southworth, 14 February 2005
The Club was formed in 1899 by an amalgamation of the Ulster Sailing Club
with the Cultra Yacht Club, and was initially called the North of Ireland Yacht
Club. It was given the title Royal by King Edward VII on 2nd September 1902, and
granted a special ensign by Admiralty Warrant in 1903.
David Prothero, 14 February 2005
A brief history of the club can be found at
I used a 9 pearls per arch Tudor crown as this is how the RNIYC depicts its
badge, and would prefer it to be illustrated. With that said, there are also
actual samples of RNIYC ensigns and burgees utilizing the St. Edward's crown.
The images shown here are approved by the club.
Clay Moss, 13 October 2008
This an interesting example where the style of crown on a yacht ensign and
burgee is entirely at the discretion of the club concerned - here we have a club
which prefers (at least officially) the former pattern over that which is
current. I notice that you use a rather more detailed trefoil (or shamrock if
you prefer) than that usually seen in illustrations, and may we assume that this
is also at the club's request?
Christopher Southworth, 13 October 2008
image by Clay Moss, 13 October 2008
The Dumpy Book of Ships and the Sea (1957)
shows the burgee as a yellow shamrock surmounted by a crown on a blue field.
James Dignan, 12 February 2008