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Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club (New Zealand)

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[ Royal Port Nicholson Y.C. burgee]image by Clay Moss, 28 February 2015
based on image in 1923 Album des Pavillions Nationaux located by David Prothero, 10 February 2015
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Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, New Zealand.
Established 1883 in Wellington as Port Nicholson Yacht Club.
1896. Plain Blue Ensign. Burgee quartered black and red.
1921. Granted title ‘royal’.
Burgee: white cross on burgee quartered first black, second blue, third red, fourth blue; crown in canton, blue plain anchor, inclined towards hoist, in centre of white cross.

The image is from the 1928 Flaggenbuch. In the 1923 Album des Pavillions Nationaux the burgee has the white cross and anchor, but no crown, and the fly quarters are black. This may be an error, or perhaps the white cross and anchor were added at some time before the title ‘royal’ was granted and a crown put in the canton?
1999. Probably changed to New Zealand Yacht Ensign, but still in Navy List 2009.
David Prothero, 10 February 2015

Port Nicholson was the original (and still official, I think) name for Wellington Harbour, at the southern tip of the North Island. The term still lives on in the names of several companies and organisations, and its Maori corruption ("Poneke", a Maorification of "Port Nicky") as the name of several sports teams and other groups.
James Dignan, 1 March 2015