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Yacht Club de France: Members' private signals (1930)

Part 2

Last modified: 2005-01-22 by ivan sache
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The Yacht Club de France members' private signals

Whitney Smith [smi76c] defined the private signals as 'the flags of individuals who own yachts or other vessels. [The private signals] are properly displayed at the mainmast or main truck".

The 1930 directory of the Yacht-Club de France shows 608 private signals belonging to the members of the YCF.

In Ar Banniel [arb] #12 (Summer 2000), Alain Raullet described the19 black and white private signals shown in the YCF directory. This page shows some of those private signals. The images have been done after the plate published in Ar Banniel.

Ivan Sache, 26 July 2003

Gabriel Moussié

[Gabriel Moussie's signal]by Ivan Sache

The signal is black with a white saltire.

Jean Nègre

[Jean Negre's signal]by Ivan Sache

The signal is white with a black diamond, whose points touch the borders of the flag. The choice of the black colour might allude to the yachtman's name.

Jean Nègre was allowed to use a private vexilloidal code, made of the four signal flags OXSC placed vertically. According to a Decree of the Minister of Marine from 29 December 1922, the 1,656 combinations OXAB to OZVA were allocated to yachts.

Howard Powel

[Howard Powel's signal]by Ivan Sache

The signal is diagonally divided white-black with a black-white counterchanged rectangle.

C.A. Prince

[CA Prince's signal]by Ivan Sache

The signal is swallow-tailed with oblique borders, white with a black cross.

Bertie Scott

[Bertie Scott's signal]by Ivan Sache

The signal is quartered black and white.

Comtesse de Sessevalle

[Sessevalle's signal]by Ivan Sache

The signal is white with two accosted black fishes.

This is most probably a banner of arms, with some origin in Lorraine (Bar or Salm), although the Countess' name sounds rather Italian.


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