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British Virgin Islands - Civil (Red) Ensign

Last modified: 2005-10-22 by dov gutterman
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by Martin Grieve, 7 February 2004

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Civil (Red) Ensign

At United Kingdom - Colonial Flags it is noted that a red ensign is authorized for the British Virgin Islands.
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 distance."
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

Variant with Wide Blue Fimbriation

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