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Royal Vancouver Yacht Club (Canada)

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Royal Vancouver Yacht Club
[Royal Canadian Yacht Club burgee]
image by Clay Moss, 3 August 2007

Vancouver Yacht Club (original burgee)
[Royal Canadian Yacht Club burgee]
image by Clay Moss, 3 August 2007

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The Royal Vancouver Yacht Club has used the Blue Ensign since 1906. The flagpole at their Downtown Vancouver location (10th March 2006) flies the BC flag and the Canadian Blue Ensign (Red Leaves) on the yardarms and the Canadian flag at the gaff. None of the boats I could see were wearing the Blue Ensign. The current burgee (per saltire, Blue at the hoist with a crown; White top and bottom; Red fly, devised 1906 when the prefix "Royal" was granted) and the old burgee (Light Blue with a Black Diamond, used 1903-1906) are visible at the top of

The Black Diamond represents coal, since the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club is based in Coal Harbour, on Burrard Inlet, in Downtown Vancouver. Coal was actually found in the area in the late 19th Century, but the operation was short-lived. There is another location at Jericho further west which also belongs to the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club.

The details of which Blue Ensigns were flown from 1906, I shall have to track down another time.
Dean McGee, 12 March 2006