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Flag of the Cartagena Squadron 1732-1760 (Spain)

Used as basic design for rank flags, pennants and jacks

Last modified: 2015-07-28 by ivan sache
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[Flag of the Cartagena Squadron 1732-1760 (Spain)]
image by Sergio Camero

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This flag was used by Navy ships belonging to the Cartagena Naval Department (1732-1760). A Royal Order of 20th January 1732 organized the Navy into three Squadrons. Source: Fernández Gaytan 1985.

Sergio Camero, 07 Jun 2002

The Royal Order of 20th January 1732 said:

Los navíos que se armasen en Cartagena usarán en las mencionadas insignias y banderas de proa, de botes y lanchas, sobre color morado el escudo de armas reales sencillo, de castillos y leones y cuatro anclas a las esquinas...
My translation:
Vessels built at Cartagena shall use in the above mentioned command flags and jacks, boat and launch flags, on a purple field the simple [i.e. lesser] royal arms, of castles and lions and four anchors on the corners...
Please note that the war ensign was the same for all three squadrons. The Squadron Flag was used for other purposes: command flags, commissioning pennants, jacks, boat and launch flags etc. but not as ensign.

Santiago Dotor, 01 Mar 2005