January 15, 2024

Image
Wyandotte Yacht Club

Learn More
Old Timers Trophy

Learn More
Inter-Lake Yachting Association Regatta

Learn More
McGarvey Memorial Series

Learn More
Commodore Winton Trophy

Learn More
CMYA Star Class Race

Learn More
Cleveland Yacht Club

Learn More
F - Foxtrot

Learn More
A - Alpha

Learn More
United States Ensign

Learn More

Previous Waving Through Time Entries

Waving Through Time: Flags of the Sweetwater Seas

A ship’s flag is a distinctive feature in the world of boating and especially the Great Lakes. Bulk freighter companies have house flags that display their logo high in the air. Yachting associations have celebratory flags for their success in races and in their grouping. Signal flags are a form of communication between big and small vessels. There have been thousands of flags and symbols that have waved through time, each leaving its mark on the lakes. Through this exhibition, we are able to retell their history and the purpose of these flags. 

Come with us as we explore the flag collection of the National Museum of the Great Lakes, which includes over 200 different examples. The first half of the exhibit is complete; we hope that you will enjoy exploring.

COMING SOON! Please be sure to come back next Winter.  Starting in January 2024, we will begin the second half, highlighting yacht clubs, race pennants, and more signal flags. Be sure to follow @NMGLToledo on social media and sign-up to receive emails in order to receive notifications throughout the year when each new series and accompanying micro-exhibits launch.

This exhibit is made possible by visitors like you. Please consider making a donation to the National Museum of the Great Lakes to help us continue our important work of preserving and making known the history of the Great Lakes.