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Post Office Blue Ensign
A Post Office ensign. The flag is hand-sewn in wool bunting. The fly is defaced with 'POST OFFICE' in yellow letters. A rope is attached to hoist the ensign.
In 1823 the Admiralty took over the management of overseas mail shipping from the Post Office and from 1837 it also managed the services within the British Isles. Contracts were allocated to new private companies and the old packet services went out of business. In 1837 the General Post Office employed a steam boat to collect mail from sailing vessels 'detained in the entrance to the English Channel, either by contrary winds or calms' and landing them in the first convenient port. The steam vessel was to be distinguished by a 'Post Office Blue ensign'. Whether this was the blue version of the postboy ensign or this one is unclear (see also AAA0758). The construction of this flag is consistent with this approximate date, and the size indicates it would have been flown from a relatively small vessel.
Original size: 889 mm x 1499 mm
- Image reference: L0124
- National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London