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Health Service for the Merchant Navy

Health Service for Merchant Marine (Brazil), 1939 image by Ivan Sache

A St. George's cross.
Source: Flaggenbuch (1939).
Ivan Sache, 30 May 2000


Brazilian Pilot Flag (Obsolete?) image by Phil Nelson

Among the flags that are often not represented in Flags of the World are pilot flags. This is from National Geographic, (1917) as well as from a scan of Webster's New International Dictionary (circa 1924) courtesy of Jarig Bakker. As these are based on the National Geographic magazine, images may not be exact to the real world, but represent what has been published.
Phil Nelson, 30 December 1999

Quartered red-white-red-white.
Source: Album des Pavillons (1995).
Ivan Sache, 10 May 2000

This Brazilian pilot flag is shown in the Album des Pavillons 1995 edition, but not in 2000. Why? Abandoned, or just couldn't get any confirmation, or is it lack of space?
Željko Heimer, 25 March 2001

I very much doubt that this flag is still in use. It is "U" in the International Code of Signals, which means "you are running into danger."
Armand Noel du Payrat, 26 March 2001

Pilot Ensign, 1939

Brazilian Pilot Flag (Obsolete) image by Ivan Sache

Black P on red field. Obsolete.
Source: Flaggenbuch (1939).
Ivan Sache, 30 May 2000

Brazilian Empire Pilot Flag

Brazilian Pilot Flag (Obsolete) image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 22 January 2011

In a French flag chart linked at is the Brazilian empire pilot flag, a simple bicolor of green above yellow.
Jan Mertens, 22 March 2010