The steamer we had just sighted must have wirelessed a warning, for it wasn't half an hour before we saw more smoke on the horizon, and this time the vessel flew the white ensign
of the Royal Navy and carried guns.
The submarine in the background appears to be a captured type VIIC German U-Boat, flying a White Ensign
to signify its status as a captured vessel.
Her Majesty and Princess Anne boarded the warship at Portsmouth Naval Base to see the White Ensign
raised and the vessel commissioned into the fleet.
The iconic White Ensign
was raised at the end of the ceremony.
To prepare for the ceremony, the hangar of the aircraft carrier has been cleared and seating installed, as well as screens so that those attending can witness the White Ensign
being raised on the top deck.
They wouldnt take their place in the line of battle, but they were fast, manoeuvrable and flew the White Ensign
in many of the far flung corners of the world where the UK had vital interests.
They had earlier recovered a White Ensign
, laid on the wreckage of the Vanguard in 2009, and replaced it with a new flag.
The bar formerly called the The White Ensign
was shut at the time of the arson attack and no one was inside.
The souvenirs I had brought down from the bridge were one white ensign
, one Union Jack, my pair of hand semaphore flags, and binoculars.
The party concluded in true naval tradition with ceremonial sunset and the lowering of the White Ensign
over the castle, a ceremony performed every day at sunset across the globe on naval ships and establishments.
The Navy has a white ensign
with a horizontal and a vertical red stripe intersecting at the centre of the flag.
At the dawn of this holiday, the New Zealand Flag, Union Flag, and White Ensign
are raised by the New Zealand Navy.