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Liberian naval flags

Last modified: 2022-10-14 by rob raeside
Keywords: star: 5 points (white on blue) | stripes: 13 | star: 5 points (blue on white) | customs | jack | pennant |
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Navy jack

Navy jack image by Željko Heimer, 16 May 2002

Blue flag with white five-pointed star. The Album 2000 [pay00] agrees well with Neubecker [neu92]; 1917 NGM [gmc17] does not have this one. I would suspect that currently this flag is hardly to be used.
Željko Heimer, 09 May 2002

Masthead Pennant

image by Željko Heimer, 16 May 2002

Long triangular pennant with blue field at hoist containing a white five-pointed star in the middle and red over white bicolour in fly. By measuring in the Album 2000 [pay00], the blue field seems to be 7,5 times longer then wide at hoist, and total ratio is pretty close to 1:20.
Željko Heimer, 10 May 2002

Masthead Pennant as of 1939

Old pennant
image by Željko Heimer, 16 May 2002

The Flaggenbuch [neu92] has a quite different pennant: triangular vertically divided in three fields, blue at hoist, red in the middle and white in fly, of unequal lengths 1:(3+9+8). White star is in the middle of the blue field. Based on evidence that Liberian flags follow (and apparently always did) close the US pattern, I wander how come that the masthead pennant is so out of pattern? Is it possible that Neubecker is wrong here?
Željko Heimer, 10 May 2002

Customs flag

Customs flag image by Željko Heimer, 16 May 2002

2:3, in canton a blue star on a white field, main field with 13 vertical alternating red and white stripes. Would need confirmation. (Source: [neu92])
Ivan Sache, 01 June 1999

The customs ensign seems not to be confirmed after WWII (is it given anywhere else but Neubecker’s [neu92]?). It based, again, on similar US ensign. Vertically striped red and white of 13 stripes (as in US pattern, the original number of stripes LR11/US13 is increased LR13/US16 to provide nicer visual effect) and white canton with blue five-pointed star. The canton is 6 stripes long and approximately as wide as it would be on the national ensign).
Željko Heimer, 10 May 2002