- Nautical Signal & Country Flags -

All of our flags - signal, country and pennant - come off of ships! These flags are a colorful piece of maritime history. 
**UPDATE: Natural fiber material flags are now seldom used on board many ships as they switch to less expesive synthetic material.  We still have natural fiber flags in stock, but the supply is running out; please call or email for pricing and availability!

The International Code of Signals is used by vessels to communicate important messages regarding safety of navigtion and related matters.

There is a standard alphabet (used universally despite differing native languages) that uses the letters "A" to "Z" and ten digits (0-9). Each letter of the alphabet also has a phonetic, spoken form (as well as a unique meaning) so as not to confuse similar sounding letters such as "Bravo" for "B", "Papa" for "P" and "Victor" for "V".

Our authentic maritime signal and country flags make great gifts. They have been featured in both Coastal and Country Living Magazines and in fashionable home designs all along the coast. They've been flown at weddings to represent the bride and groom's initials or they add a great colorful touch to any bedroom.

above left: key for alphabet (rectangular) signal flags
right: key for number pennant (triangular) signal flags

signal flags: "Mike" (left) and "Zulu" (right)
these are "medium" sized, about 31" x 46"

Flags flying above: "Lima", "November" and "Victor" flags.

Here's a fun way one of our customers used these salvaged flags: "Lima" - "Alfa" - "Kilo"- "Echo" for where else? The LAKE House!

International Maritime Signal / Code Flags

Here's one of our favorite "holoaphabetic sentences" to show you what each of the signal flags looks like!
"Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs".
These are all generally 3' x 4' (feet) up to 4' x 6' (feet).  Most flags are approximately 64" x 50".

(Papa: Recall; vessel about to sail, Alfa: Diver down; keep well clear at slow speed, Charlie: Yes; affirmative, Kilo: I wish to communicate with you)
(Mike: My vessel is stopped, Yankee: I am dragging my anchor)
(Bravo: Taking in/discharging dangerous goods, Oscar: Man overboard, Xray: Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals)
(Whiskey: I require medical assistance, India: Altering my course to port, Tango: Keep clear of me; I am engaged in pair trawling, Hotel: I have a pilot onboard)

(Foxtrot: I am disabled; communicate with me. India: Altering my course to port, Victor: I require assistance, Echo: Altering my course to starboard)
(Delta: Keep clear; I'm maneuvering with difficulty, Oscar: Man overboard, Zulu: I require a tug, Echo: Altering my course to starboard, November: No; negative)
(Lima: The ship is quarantined - or you should stop your vessel instantly, India: Altering my course to port, Quebec: Vessel is healthy; request free pratique, Uniform: You are running into danger,
: Man overboard, Romeo: The way is off my ship)
(Juliet: I am on fire; dangerous cargo; keep well clear, Uniform: You are running into danger, Golf: I require a pilot, Sierra: My enginges are going full speed astern)

above: salvaged ship flags of convenience from A to Z
(actually pictured are Algeria, Brazil and "UK at Sea" as a placeholder until we restock the Zimbabwe flag!)

Country Flags
A merchant ship is said to be flying a "flag of convenience" which refers to the ship's country of registration.
Vessels are often registered by their owners in a different country for purposes of reducing operating costs
or avoiding government regulations.
The country of registration determines the laws under which the ship is required to operate
and that are to be applied in relevant admiralty cases.
All of our "flags of convenience" are authentic and have been salvaged from ships dismantled in breaking yards all over the world.

Looking for a particular country? Just call or email - or stop by to see what's in stock.

Here's a listing of the country flags of the world we have carried:
Algeria, Albania, Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Antilles, Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bosnia (old flag), Brazil (customs), Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, Camerioon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, China, Colombia, Comoro Islands, Congo, Costa Rica, Cote D'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial New Guinea, Estonia, FYROM, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana,
Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Korea
(North and South), Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauitana, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar,
Namibia, Nauru, Netherlands (Holland), Netherlands (Antilles), New Zealand, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Phillipines, Poland, Portugal,
Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovania,
Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Syria, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunesia, Turkey, Tuvalu, Ukraine,
United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, USSR (former - rare), Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands (British), Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zaire, Zimbabwe.

  Jolly Roger / Pirate Flags:
newly made, by hand- appx 26" x 43" - available

There are literally thousands of Jolly Roger flags out there. The problem is 99% of them are screen printed on nylon.
Now I ask you: Would any self-respecting pirate buy one of these?....Yar no chance. He'd make one of his rum filled
swashbucklers make one. Therefore it'd turn out much like this natural fiber, very rustic jolly roger flag.
Each one is a little different than the next and you don't have to worry about your neighbor finding it at wal-mart.
As a matter of a fact, you don't have to worry about them finding one anywhere but this website as we're the manufacturers.
Salvaged Sails...

vintage canvas sail by Alan Clarke Co: 78" x 49" x 92"

vintage canvas sail by Alan Clarke Co: 90" x 90" x 67"
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