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Estonia - Flags for Use at Sea

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Naval Ensign

by Zeljko Heimer, 24 August 2001

The pre WW2 Estonian naval jack is still in use today, according to the French navy flag book. In the inter-war period, it was also the flag used on coastal fortresses (source: German navy flag book, 1939). I do not know whether this is still so today.
Jan Oskar Engene, 20 November 1996

Before the war Estonia had at least three flags, one blue, black, white for civil use, another with the arms in the middle for the state and the same but swallow-tailed as war ensign. There was also a jack based on the jack of Russia.
Pascal Vagnat, 27 November 1995

Estonia's naval ensign is as you described. The national flag defaced with the shield of the state arms is the flag of the Minister of Defense; defaced with the full state arms it is the presidential flag. The Estonian jack is white with a wide blue cross over a narrow black saltire. There is also a range of military and naval rank flags; these are two-point swallow tailed light blue-white vertical bicolors with horizontal golden yellow stripes top and/or bottom to indicate the specific rank. Most also display the shield of the arms.
Tom Gregg, 8 January 1998

According to the French Navy Album, issue 2000 [pay00] - Naval Ensign ---/--W (7:13) - Three tailed tricolour with lesser CoA off-set towards hoist. Construction details given are (27+27+24):(9+5+14+5+9). CoAs used in my image is taken from <> and resized as appropriate.
Zeljko Heimer, 24 August 2001

Same ensign with same proportion and construction details is mentioned in Flaggenbuch.
Ivan Sache, 25 August 2001

1941 State Ensign

Estonia 1941: The state ensign is the blue, black, white flag of today with the arms of the state in the center, extending into the upper and lower stripes, and swallow tailed with two indentations and three points, so that the top indentation ends at the bottom of the blue stripe and the bottom one begins with the top of the white stripe. I assume that the state flag is the same but not swallow tailed. The jack is similar to the current Russian one, white with a narrow black saltire under a blue cross.
Nathan Augustine, 5 December 1995

Along with only Germany and Danzig, Estonia was one of the few countries that did not have a true swallow tailed flag. However, its state ensign has three tails.
Nathan Augustine, 14 June 1996

Naval Jack

by Zeljko Heimer, 24 August 2001

I made a GIF according to the description in the German navy flag book of 1939 of the Estonian Navy Jack. The flag is 7:11, the saltaire equals 1 part, the George's cross 2 parts. As you know, the blue in Estonian flags is special, a bit dusty. I tried to find a suitable match in the Browser Safe palette, and came up with 102-153-204.
Jan Oskar Engene, 20 November 1996

According to the French Navy Album, issue 2000 [pay00] - Jack (7:11) - White flag with black saltire and over it a blue cross throughout. Width of the blue cross is 2/7 of the hoist, width of saltire 1/7.
Zeljko Heimer, 24 August 2001

Also mentioned as coast-guard ensign in Flaggenbuch.
Ivan Sache, 25 August 2001

Masthead Pennant

by Zeljko Heimer, 24 August 2001

According to the French Navy Album, issue 2000 [pay00] - Masthead Pennant - White pennant tappering toward the point in the fly from about the half of the length with the national tricolour at hoist. The total ratio seems to be about 1:20, the flag at hoist is about 1:3.
Zeljko Heimer, 24 August 2001