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Flag of the Cádiz Squadron 1732-1760 (Spain)

Used as basic design for rank flags, pennants and jacks

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[Flag of the Cádiz Squadron 1732-1760 (Spain)]
image by Sergio Camero, exported to GIF by Santiago Dotor

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

Sergio Camero, 22 Jun 2002

The Royal Order of 20th January 1732 said:

...lleven todos los navíos de cualquiera de las tres referidas escuadras, los pabellones o banderas largas de popa, blanca, con el escudo de las armas reales en la forma que se practica.

Los navíos que se armasen en Cádiz, usarán en las insignias de banderas cuadras, cornetas, rabos de gallo, gallardetes, banderas de proa, de botes, de lanchas, sobre blanco el referido escudo de armas reales...

My translation:
...all the vessels of any of the three referred squadrons shall fly the ensigns or long stern flags [sic], white, with the escutcheon of the royal arms in the usual way.

Vessels built at Cádiz, shall use in the command flags [made up] of square flags, swallowtailed flags, pennants, jacks, boat and launch flags, on a white field the referred escutcheon of the royal arms...

Thus the Cádiz Squadron flag was very similar or identical to the war ensign.

Santiago Dotor, 01 Mar 2005