White Ensign

A British naval ensign made of wool bunting and hand-sewn. It probably belonged to Admiral Sir George St Vincent Duckworth King (1809-1891). It is marked 'BARGE JN 6/65'.

This falg is one of a set of six flags with inscriptions suggesting they were allocated to various ships’ boats. If 6/65 represents the date June 1865, they would have been issued just after the abolition of the squadronal system by order of 9 July 1864. After this date the Royal Navy abandoned the use of red and blue ensigns and pennants and wore white ensigns, pennants, command flags and broad pennants exclusively.

Admiral Sir George St. Vincent Duckworth-King was born, 15 July 1809 at Stonehouse in Devon, entered the Royal Navy on 8 February 1822; being commissioned as Lieutenant on 15 January 1830; promoted to the rank of Commander, 8 August 1834 and Captain, 28 August 1841. He was second in command of the Naval Brigade at the siege of Sebastopol. He became a Rear-Admiral on 4 April 1862. Between 1863 and 1867 he was Commander in Chief in China. He was promoted to Vice-Admiral, 20 March 1867 and Admiral 20 April 1875. He succeeded his brother as 4th Baronet in 1887 and died at Wear House, Exeter on 18 August 1891. As 4th Baronet he added Duckworth to the family name.

Object Details

ID: AAA0668
Collection: Flags; Textiles
Type: Naval ensign
Display location: Not on display
Date made: circa 1810; circa 1865
People: Royal Navy; King, George St Vincent Duckworth
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: 1320.8 x 2209.8 mm

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