United States Yacht Ensign

The United States Ensign, regularly known as the Yacht Ensign, is a flag dedicated to the registered yachts of the United States. Yachters nationwide desired a flag that would set their vessels apart from commercial and government ships, denoting a vessel’s recreational status. The flag was created through an Act of Congress in 1848 due to a dramatic increase in the popularity of recreational yachting in the mid-1800s. 

On August 7, 1848, the United States Congress assembled the official Yacht Ensign with the guidance of the Secretary of the United States Navy. The Yacht Ensign is a derivative of the United States national flag. The Yacht Ensign has thirteen alternating red and white stripes representing the original thirteen colonies, but a fouled anchor within thirteen stars, as opposed to having fifty stars. 

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