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Turkey: Naval command pennants

Last modified: 2004-02-28 by ivan sache
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Masthead pennant

[Masthead pennant]by Zeljko Heimer

Source: Album des Pavillons [pay00]

The masthead pennant is a red triangular flag with a white crescent and star near the hoist. The Album does not give the ratio of the pennant, but showes it approximately 1:20. The Flaggenbuch (1939) [neu92] provides four official sizes, that are probably still valid, with distance to the Mondumkreises vom Liek* indicated, as follows:

  • 10 x 180 cm; Moon at 17 cm;
  • 12 x 460 cm; 30 cm;
  • 14 x 640 cm; 48 cm;
  • 18 x 1280 cm; 65 cm.

Accordingly, the ratio of the pennant is from 1:18 to just over 1:70.

* Liek here stands obviously for what we would call the hoist. The original image showes a kind of crossbar from which the pennant is hoisted. Anyway, the distance is, I suppose between the hoist and the point of the crescent closest to the hoist (and not the center of the moon or the center of the entire white symbol.

Zeljko Heimer, 17 April 2003

Mondumkreis is indeed the minimum circle within which the crescent is contained.

Santiago Dotor, 24 April 2003

Seniority pennant

[Seniority pennant]by Zeljko Heimer

The flag is red, triangular with a white bomb placed in the middle of the flag.

Source: Album des Pavillons [pay00]

[Seniority pennant, 1939]by Zeljko Heimer

Source: Flaggenbuch (1939) [neu92]

Zeljko Heimer, 17 April 2003