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Royal South Western Yacht Club (United Kingdom)

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The Dumpy Book of Ships and the Sea (1957) shows the burgee blue with a white cross that tapers to a point at the fly. In the centre is gold fish surmounted by a crown.
James Dignan, 12 February 2008

The club has not existed since 1961. The club was founded in 1890, and headquartered in Plymouth (i.e., the South West of England). Relatively early on in its life, the Club was granted both (1) an Admiralty warrant for a defaced Blue Ensign (i.e., a Royal Crown surmounting a yellow fish, all in the lower fly), and (2) the Royal style. I cannot give you the precise date on either of these events, but I can tell you that the 1902-03 Lloyds Register of Yachts shows both the ensign and identifies the club as Royal.

In 1961, the Royal South Western Yacht Club was amalgamated with the Royal Western Yacht Club of England  (also headquartered in Plymouth), which is the club that continues today, using the plain Blue Ensign. (Source: R Western YC club website). Hence, the defaced Blue Ensign for the Royal South Western YC has been obsolete since 1961.

James Liston, 17 December 2009