Saturday, March 26, 2011

Two Tricolor Flags

French Patrol boat P675 Arago, LivornoThe French patrol boat P675 “Arago” at the Capitaneria pier. The ship is flying two different tricolors: her own French flag from the stern and the Italian courtesy flag on the mast.
The rule that no flag should be flown higher than the national flag does not apply on board a ship: a flag flown at the stern is always in a superior position to a flag flown elsewhere on the ship, even if the latter is higher up. (Flag etiquette, Wikipedia)

20 comments:

Randy said...

Great shot. Thanks for the flag lesson. I had not idea.

Luis Gomez said...

Thank you VP like Randy I didn't know about the flag etiquette.

ρομπερτ said...

Guess that there will be alike ship around for a while, same over here in Greece.
Peaceful water beneath their keel.

Please have a good weekend.

daily athens

Lynette said...

Very interesting post!

Farmchick said...

Interesting flag info VP. I had no idea.

Jack said...

Well, you are educating us today about flags. This must be the kind of knowledge you pick up living in an active harbor city like Livorno.

Theanne and Baron said...

Always learning from you VP and Trillian...great shot!

Dina said...

Is it common for French Navy boats to dock in your harbor or has it to do with the Libya situation?

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks for explaining flag etiquette, VP!

cieldequimper said...

Don't get me started...

VP said...

@ Dina - Quite usual, just remember that Corsica is a couple of hours away from Livorno for a fast boat. There are some Italian Navy ships in port, they probably have some kind of training together.

Birdman said...

Thanks for the ship flag info. Did not know that.

Cezar and Léia said...

French patrol in Tuscany, huh? It can only be tourism! :)
God bless you!
Cezar

Steffe said...

Glad to hear it was there for training purposes and not the Libya situation.

Arianna said...

'sti francesi...bello scatto! Buona domenica, Arianna

joo said...

I didn't even know that is Flag etiquette!

EG Wow said...

I never knew that about flags on a ship! LOVE that kind of trivia. :)

Kate said...

Flag etiquette is important, esp. if the flag is considered to be a significant symbol.

Kaori said...

Beautiful ship! And a great lesson in flag etiquette...had no idea.

JM said...

I like the design of this patrol boat and, as usual, that blue water of Livorno.