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Dictionary of Vexillology: Y (Yacht Ensign - Yardarm)

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See under ‘ensign’.

An imprecise term covering any flag flown from a pleasure vessel - see ‘burgee’, 'club pennant', ‘guest flag’, ‘prize flag’, ‘racing flag’ and ‘yacht ensign’ under ‘ensign’.

A beam or bar attached horizontally to a mast or pole. Formerly used for hoisting sails in square-rigged vessels, it now supports the halyards from which flags and signal hoists are displayed (see also ‘hoist of flags’, ‘mast 2)’ and ‘signal flag’).

Half a yard, on board ships reference is made to the port or starboard yard arms to indicate which side of the mast a flag is to be hoisted (see also ‘battle ensigns’, 'mast 2)' and ‘yard’).

In British Royal Navy usage and some others, a rating with the rank of Petty Officer who has specialised in the handling and conducting of flag signals in the communications departments of a naval vessel (see also ‘bunting tosser’, 'flags 1)' and ‘signal flag’).