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Great Yarmouth Yacht Club (United Kingdom)

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[Yarmouth Yacht Club] image by Clay Moss, 25 February 2015

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Ensign of Yarmouth Yacht Club

It is more likely that there was only one yacht club in Great Yarmouth, that was sometimes referred to as Yarmouth and sometimes as Great Yarmouth, than that there were two clubs in the same town, one called Yarmouth and one called Great Yarmouth.
David Prothero, 15 May 2015

Yarmouth Yacht Club, Norfolk.
Established 1883.
1884. Listed in Lloyds Yacht Register. Red Ensign defaced with the Arms of Great Yarmouth: shield with three gold lions on red, dimidiated with three silver herrings on blue.
1890. Last entry in Lloyds Yacht Register.
David Prothero, 23 December 2014

The ensign's defacement is speculative based on David Prothero's research. Based on experience, I am confident that this a very close and acceptable interpretation of what the badge on the red ensign probably looked like.
Clay Moss, 25 February 2015

It matches the burgee of the present Great Yarmouth Yacht Club depict as their site. However, the Norfolk Broads lists in their constitution a "Great Yarmouth Yacht Club" founded in 1883, as one of the clubs to merge to for the new club in 1937. (

I know that Little Yarmouth hasn't been called that for a long time, but would there really have been founded both a "Yarmouth Yacht Club"  and a "Great Yarmouth Yacht Club" in the same year? What entry is in error, or what bit is missing, I wonder.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 26 February 2015


[Yarmouth Yacht Club] image by Clay Moss, 25 February 2015
based on image located by David Prothero, 17 February 2015

The image from Album des Pavillions Nationaux, 1923, is probably the Great Yarmouth Yacht Club, who’s burgee had just one of the three lion/herrings from the Great Yarmouth shield.
David Prothero, 17 February 2015