Flag flying etiquette

SUFFICIENT has been written concerning the correct way to fly the Union Flag, I feel, but my concern is where it should not be flown. No vessel other than one of Her Majesty’s warships may fly the Union Flag and only then when at anchor or moored alongside. The flag is flown from the jack at the bow of the ship, when it becomes the Union Jack and The Royal Naval White Ensign is flown at the stern. Any other vessel flying the Union Flag, either at sea or inland, is in breach of flag etiquette and, more importantly, regulations, for heavy penalties might be incurred. Other than club burgees etc., the only appropriate flag for private vessels is the Red Ensign of the Merchant Navy.

I have recently noted many breaches by local and visiting craft.

(Citizen reader, via email).