Union Jack

British Union Flag (post 1801 pattern) belonging to HMS 'Minotaur' and believed to have been flown as a battle flag at Trafalgar. It belonged to Master's Mate Stephen Hilton (1787-1872). The flag is made of hand-sewn wool bunting. The diagonals of the saltire do not meet up in a straight line across the flag - a characteristic of early 19th century Union Flags. There are fabric losses at the fly end. The linen hoist is a machine-sewn replacement, probably added in the 1930s.

Object Details

ID: ZBA6946
Type: Jack
Display location: Display - Nelson, Navy, Nation Gallery
Events: Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Trafalgar, 1805
Vessels: Minotaur (1793)
Date made: circa 1801; Early 19th century
Exhibition: Nelson, Navy, Nation
People: Hilton, Stephen
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Acquired with the assistance of the Peter Harrison Heritage Foundation; Sir John Fisher Foundation; The Drapers’ Company; F. Michael Everard; Sir David Hardy; Giles Hilton; Alan R.W. Marsh and others
Measurements: Display: 2265 mm x 3110 mm

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