Signal Flags Spotted on the Bluenose Coast

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For the past 158 years, hundreds, even thousands of people have come to our little village of Chester, for Chester Race Week. A sea filled with sailboats and excitement, I can’t help but notice the colorful flags with unique designs, flying from the rigging. So, I had to do some research and find out what these flags are used for.

I discovered that the British Board of Trade introduced code and signal flags in 1875, as a way for ships to communicate while at sea. Two years later, revisions of the codes had taken place and were publically received by nautical-based nations in 1897.

Knowing a little more about the history of the flags, I found the meaning behind the flags that spell out BLUENOSE COAST, which is shown below along with the flags image:

B : bravo – meaning, “taking in, or discharging/carrying dangerous goods.”
L : lima – meaning, “stop your vessel instantly.”
U : uniform – meaning, “you are running into danger.”
E : echo – meaning, “altering course to starboard.”
N : November – meaning, “NO (negative).”
O : Oscar
S : sierra – meaning, “my engines are going atern.”
E : echo – meaning, “altering course to starboard.”

C : Charlie – meaning, “YES (affirmative).”
O : Oscar
A : alpha – meaning, “became, I have a diver down,  clear at slow speed.”
S : sierra – meaning, “my engines are going astern.”
T : tango – meaning “keep clean of me, I am engaged in pair trawling.”

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If you’re curious on how to spell other words with signal flags, below you will find the flags displayed alphabetically.
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