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by Martin Grieve, 7 February 2004
At United Kingdom - Colonial Flags
it is noted that a red ensign is authorized for the British
Theodore Leverett, 9 September 2000
Al Kirsch asked: "Is it actually used, as
opposed to just authorized? The few times I saw a defaced red
ensign in the Caribbean I assumed the vessel was from Bermuda. Hard to make out the emblems at a
My answer is: Yes, it is used! I saw one BVI red ensign in Saint-Tropez one month ago.
Olivier Touzeau, 9 September 2000
Last summer I saw a pleasure craft, which was registered in
the British Virgin Islands, flying the BVI Red Ensign while
docked at a pier on Long Island.
Ned Smith, 10 September 2000
The Red Ensign is used, but has not been authorized.
David Prothero, 7 February 2004
image by Clay Moss and Martin Grieve, 22 September 2005
I had seen the same type practice as in Bermuda in the British Virgin
Islands, only with the colors reversed. This style of BVI red
ensign is fairly common in and around the islands. Often times,
said BVI red ensigns will be manufactured in the US. Just about
every US flag maker who is printing BVI badges makes them up as
single units and trims everything in blue. When defacing red
ensigns, they use the same badge intended for blue ensigns.
Clay Moss, 22 September 2005