Last modified: 2013-10-14 by rob raeside
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image by Richard Nelson, 12 July 2013
My wife snapped the attached picture this weekend. It was flying from the
midmast of a small ferry operated by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. I
can guess it means "Ontario government water vessel" or some such.
Richard Nelson, 12 July 2013
Louise Hominuk of the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario confirms the
existence of the such a flag, flown by the Glenora Ferry on the Bay of Quinte.
However, the MTO currently has no further information about the flag.
Though this flag is basically a logo on a white field, not really the pinnacle of flag design, it's at least a very clear design. Once I knew what I was looking for, I had no problem making it out on photographs of the ferries on the Internet. I compared internet photographs of the two ferries of the Glenora Ferry over time, It turns out that at the end of Summer 2007 there were no flag masts atop the Glenora Ferries, and hence no flags flew from them. By the next Spring there were, and from those new masts this flag was flying. As far as I can determine, the flag is not used by any other ferries connected to the Ministry of Transportation - Ontario, nor by any other service.
Whether the masts and flags were part of some local development Winter 2008, or part of a wider 2008 initiative that started at Glenora Ferry
but never got any further, I have not yet been able to determine. Identification method number 1 might well have its usual effectiveness: Go and ask, If anyone is reasonably close to the Glenora Ferry, or can change a route so it will include the ferry, please ask the ferrymen.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg 22 September 2013