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Ibis (Fishery school, Belgium)

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[Flag of Ibis]

Flag of Ibis - Image by Eugene Ipavec, 29 October 2010

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Presentation of Ibis

Ibis (Koninklijk Werk IBIS, formerly Œuvre Royale des pupilles de la pêche, Koninklijk Werk van de Kweekelingenschool der visscherij) (website) was founded at Ostend in 1906 at the behest of Crown Prince Albert, later King Albert I, in order to provide education to fishers' waifs. Ibis, a ship bought at Southampton, served as a stationary school building till 1924 and educational tool till 1937.
From 1908 on, Ibis operated fishing boats to augment income. During the first World War, Ibis stayed at Milford Haven in 1914-1919. The current school building opened in 1924. Ibis moved to Bruges during the Second World War.
The tutelary ministry has been the Ministry of Communications till 1980, then the Ministry of Education (primary school and maritime secondary school, lodgings). Ibis was granted additional infrastructure during the 1980-1990s. The school has always enjoyed Royal patronage.

Jan Mertens, 7 February 2010

Flag of Ibis

The flag of Ibis (annual report 2008, photo, p. 17) is a rectangular flag, horizontally divided light blue above white and bearing in the centre the emblem in yellow, crowned in full color.

Jan Mertens, 8 February 2010

Pennant of Ibis

[Pennant of Ibis]

Pennant of Ibis - Image by Eugene Ipavec, 29 October 2010

The current pennant of Ibis is white with a blue border and bears the crowned emblem, also in blue, near the hoist. It is part of the Sincfala (a regional museum at Knokke-Heist) collection under no. VLAVLXX00086 and described as woven nylon; dimensions are given as 71 cm x 138 cm.

Jan Mertens, 8 February 2010

Former pennant of Ibis

[Pennant of Ibis]         [Pennant of Ibis]

Former pennant of Ibis, two versions - Images by Eugene Ipavec, 29 October 2010

Lloyd's book of house flags and funnels of the principal steamship lines of the world and the house flags of various lines of sailing vessels, published at Lloyd's Royal Exchange. London. E.C. (1912) [llo12], also available online thanks to the Mystic Seaport Foundation, shows the pennant of L'Ibis, Société Coopérative, Ltd., as white with a light blue triangle based on the hoist and bearing the emblem.

A black-and-white drawing (annual report 2008, p. 1) shows the pennant of Ibis with a larger hoist triangle, extending to the pennant's centre, which bears a symbol made of entwinned elaborate letters "IBS" within a cartouche.

Jan Mertens, 8 February 2010