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Dictionary of Vexillology: Y (Yacht Ensign - Yardarm)
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- YACHT ENSIGN
- See under ensign.
- YACHT FLAG
- An imprecise term covering any flag flown from a pleasure vessel - see
guest on board flag,
owner absent flag,
racing flag and
yacht ensign under ensign.
- YACHT OFFICERS FLAGS
- See officers flags.
- A beam or bar attached horizontally to a mast or pole. Formerly used for hoisting
sails in square-rigged vessels, it now supports the halyards from which flags
and signal hoists are displayed (see also
hoist of flags,
and yardarm below).
- Half a yard, on board ships reference is made to the port or starboard yard
arms to indicate which side of the mast a flag is to be hoisted (see also
'mast 2)' and yard.
Please note that on a flag pole or mast fitted with a yard (either
ashore or afloat) the senior position is at the starboard yardarm (this being the right hand side
when looking towards the bow of a ship or the left hand when facing a flag pole ashore). Please
note also that when yards carry more than one halyard on a side, the outermost halyard on the
starboard yardarm (or starboard outer) is the most senior position.
- YEOMAN OF SIGNALS
- In British Royal Navy usage and some others, a rating with the rank of Petty Officer who has
specialised in the handling and conducting of flag signals in the communications departments of a
naval vessel (see also bunting tosser,
'flags 1)' and signal flag).
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