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Flags, Logos, Pennants, Seals & Streamers

Of the Coast Guard & Its Predecessor Services


General Overview


A History of Coast Guard Flags

Coast Guard Traditions

U.S. Coast Guard Heraldry (COMDTINST M5200.14A, April, 2011); (M5200.14, 1994).

Coast Guard Traditions, Flags, Emblems & Seals: A Historical Bibliography

The design of the official 1915 U.S. Coast Guard Seal


U. S. Lighthouse Service


The official seal of the US Lighthouse Service

The official seal of the U.S. Lighthouse Service

Lighthouse Service flag

The official flag of the U.S. Lighthouse Service flown by its tenders and lightships

Lighthouse Service Superintendent's flag

The official flag flown from vessels when the Superintendent was on board

Lighthouse Service's relief on the Commerce Department headuarters building

Sculptured relief on the U.S. Department of Commerce headquarters building

Department of Commerce photograph

Lighthouse Service relief

Sculptured relief on the former headquarters building of the Lighthouse Service in Charleston, SC

Courtesy of Theresa Roberts of CG Sector Charleston

Lighthouse Service hat insignia


U.S. Life-Saving Service

The official logo of the U.S. Lifesaving Service

The official seal of the U.S. Life-Saving Service

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U. S. Steamboat Inspection Service

Letterhead of the Steamboat Inspection Service

The official letterhead of a supervising inspector of the Steamboat Inspection Service

The Steamboat Inspection Service relief on the Commerce Department building

Sculptured relief on the U.S. Department of Commerce headquarters building
(Department of Commerce photograph)

The official badge of an inspector of the Steamboat Inspection Service

U. S. Steamboat Inspection Service
Official Inspector's Badge
(Image courtesy of Jim Christian via James W. Claflin)



U.S. Bureau of Navigation

The Bureau of Navigation flag

The official flag of the U.S. Bureau of Navigation

The Bureau of Navigation relief on the Commerce Department building

Sculptured relief on the U.S. Department of Commerce headquarters building
(Department of Commerce photograph )



U.S. Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation

The logo of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation



U.S. Revenue Marine & Revenue Cutter Service

A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

U.S. Revenue Marine's original commissioning pennant, 1799

 

A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

A close-up of the U.S. Revenue Marine ensign canton, 1799

 

A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

A close-up of the U.S. Revenue Marine ensign canton, 1799

 

A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

U.S. Revenue Marine commissioning pennant, 1815 variant

 

A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

U.S. Revenue Marine ensign, war-time variant, 1815

 

A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

A close-up of the U.S. Revenue Marine ensign canton, war-time variant, 1815

 

A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

U.S. Revenue Marine ensign, Pavillons (Paris) variant, 1836

 

A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

A close-up of the U.S. Revenue Marine ensign canton, Pavillons (Paris) variant, 1836

A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

U.S. Revenue Marine commissioning pennant, 1841 variant


A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

U.S. Revenue Marine ensign, 1841 variant


A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

A close-up of the U.S. Revenue Marine ensign canton, 1841 variant


A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

U.S. Revenue Marine commissioning pennant, 1867 variant


A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

U.S. Revenue Marine ensign, 1867 variant

A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

A close-up of the U.S. Revenue Marine ensign canton, 1867 variant

 

A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

U.S. Revenue Marine ensign, post-1868 variant

 

A flag of the U.S. Revenue Marine

A close-up of the U.S. Revenue Marine ensign canton, post-1868 variant

The above images of Revenue Marine/Revenue Cutter Service flags other than the Seal were provided to this office by Mr. Ray S. Morton, an authority on U.S. naval flags and signals.  They will be included in his book Early American Maritime Flags and Signals: 1700-1900 which is pending publication.

US Revenue Cutter Service logo

The official seal of the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service

Seal of the Office of the RCS

Division of U.S. Revenue Cutter Service Seal, circa 1910


U.S. Coast Guard

 

The 1915 Official Seal of the U.S. Coast Guard

The Coast Guard Seal, 1915

US Coast Guard Seal, circa 1943

The Coast Guard Seal/Emblem, circa 1943

A Coast Guard Ensign

The modern U.S. Coast Guard ensign

Coast Guard Ensign Secretary of Treasury Oliver Wolcott established the design of the Coast Guard Ensign in a letter in 1799. His father was an original signer of the Declaration of Independence. The design represents the original 13 states that comprised our nation at that time. The only change since then has been the addition of the Coast Guard anchors. As it was intended in 1799, the ensign is displayed as a mark of authority for boardings, examinations and seizures of vessels for the purpose of enforcing the laws of the United States. The ensign is never carried as a parade or ceremony standard.

Coast Guard flag

The U.S. Coast Guard's official flag

First CG Auxiliary Flag

The first flag of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, circa 1940

Auxiliary flag

The "current" official flag of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary

The Seal of the Revenue Cutter Service

The official crest & shield of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

Coast Guard seal

The official seal of the U.S. Coast Guard

Color image of the Coast Guard emblem

The official seal/emblem of the U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard seal

A color photograph of the official seal of the U.S. Coast Guard

The official seal of the U.S. Coast Guard

A color illustration of the official seal of the U.S. Coast Guard


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