Search the Collection
Advanced Search

Red ensign from skiff BRITANNIA

Date: 1920-1945
Dimensions:
Overall: 850 x 1525 mm
Display Dimensions: 870 x 1590 mm
Medium: Textile: dyed tabby weave cotton fabric
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Visual communication
Object Name: Flag
Object No: 00000915

User Terms

    Description
    This red ensign flag, with British flag on the top left-hand corner, is part of the exciting story of Sydney's open boats, in particular the renowned 18-footers. It was the sail ensign of the 18 foot racing skiff BRITANNIA, one of the last remaining traditional 18s. Built by George Robinson in Balmain in 1918, BRITANNIA sailed with the Sydney Flying Squadron and later with the New South Wales 18 Foot Sailing league. George Robinson skippered the skiff with a crew of up to 10-12 and raced between 1919 and 1945, with a brief retirement during the Great Depression, winning 41 titles and cup races throughout its racing career. The skiff is currently on display in the Watermarks gallery.
    SignificanceIt was the sail ensign of the 18 foot racing skiff BRITANNIA, one of the last remaining traditional 18s.
    HistoryBuilt by George Robinson in Balmain in 1918, BRITANNIA sailed with the Sydney Flying Squadron and later with the New South Wales 18 Foot Sailing league. The skiff was raced between 1919 and 1945, with a brief retirement during the Great Depression, winning 41 titles and cup races throughout its racing career. BRITANNIA is currently on display in the Watermarks gallery.

    Discuss this Object

    Comments

    Please log in to add a comment.