Ensign FAQs:


Q: Is a ensign the national flag flown on a vessel to indicate nationality?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an ensign flown on a ship or boat to indicate its appartenance?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an ensign the largest flag?

A: Yes, and generally flown at the stern of the ship.

Q: Are ensigns usually at the stern flagstaff when in port?

A: Yes, and may be shifted to a gaff when the ship is under way, becoming known as a steaming ensign.

Q: Is an ensign the ornament or sign?

A: Yes, such as the crown, coronet, or mitre, borne above the charge or arms.

Q: Were ensigns adopted?

A: Yes.

Q: Are ensigns used when a warship goes into battle?

A: Yes.

Q: Is an ensign just a flag or other standard?

A: Yes.

Q: Are ensigns strictly regulated and indicate if the boat is a warship?

A: Yes, and a merchant vessel or a yacht, for example.