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Flying flags on multi-masted sailing vessels

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The normal protocol is to fly the national flag at the gaff, and the house flag at the mainmast truck. Here is a photo of the Preussen: that shows this arrangement.
Peter Ansoff, 8 February 2010

...And others at other points of hoist depending on the circumstances--a courtesy ensign when sailing on foreign waters would be at the fore, for example.
Joseph McMillan, 8 February 2010

Here is another photo: of one of the German 5-masted barques anchored in Valparaiso. (It is incorrectly captioned as being the Preussen.) The Chilean flag is just visible on the foremast, as Joe described. She also seems to have a second German flag on the mizzen mast, and another, unidentified flag on the jigger mast.
Peter Ansoff
, 9 February 2010