Red Ensign UK Manufactured Knitted Polyester
Industry standard 115 gsm knitted polyester
Lightweight and durable flag material
Full colour printing both Screen and digitally printed
Red Ensign Military Flag - Civil flags are also made from knitted polyester 115gsm (grams square metre) and have very small holes across the entire flag which allows the air to flow through the flag to flutter rather than whip in high winds so they last longer in exposed areas. Poly Mesh military flags are ideal for coastal areas, church towers, roof tops, harbours and exposed areas.
Anti-Fray is optional. Anti-fray is sewn onto the opposite end of the reinforced flag fixing side and the mesh takes the wear out of the flag allowing flags to last longer with more durability.
Key points per Red Ensign
Metal Eyelets Fixing
Ready to fly
Poly-mesh Flag Material
Flags supplied ready tofFly
0.5 yard (22cm x 45cm) - 3 Yards 274cm x 137cm
Flag Fixing Metal Eyelets. Other fixings on request
Purchase Options for Red Ensign civilian Flag
115g Standard knitted polyester
Rope and toggle fixing on request
Metal eyelets fitted as standard
Other fixings on requested
The Red Ensign Flag
The Red Ensign flag has been used by various organisations in the English Navy, although today it’s used as a civil ensign. While no one is quite certain when the flag was first used, it can be traced back as early as the 1620s.
What is known is that in 1674, Charles II made a royal proclamation that declared the Red Ensign as the official flag for use on English merchant ships. During this time, the flag was a red rectangle with the English Cross of St. George featured in the upper left-hand corner.
When Great Britain was formed in 1707, the ensign was changed. The royal standard to be flown on all navy vessels of the state was now the British Red Ensign, which replaced the Cross of St. George with the Union Flag, a precursor to today’s Union Jack. This flag was also used by the colonial ships of the American colonies until they broke away to form their own country.
In 1801, with the creation of the United Kingdom, the Red Ensign was updated to use the redesigned Union Jack, which now included the St. Patrick’s Cross. By 1854, this flag was worn by British merchantmen, although that would later change.