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The Royal Albert Yacht Club and the Royal Naval Club are two separate clubs that amalgamated in 1971. The
Royal Albert Yacht Club was founded at Southsea in
1864, was given the title Royal in 1865, and was granted the special ensign (a
plain blue ensign) in probably 1866. It merged with the Royal Portsmouth
Corinthian Yacht Club in 1946.
David Prothero, 26 May 2007
The Royal Portsmouth Corinthian Yacht Club used a red ensign with a crown on the
Union. Granted 1880, cancelled 1930. Red / white / red burgee with crown above
shield of Portsmouth (yellow crescent and star on blue shield) on the white.
This is the same as the Royal St George 1847-1894, and Royal Victoria 1872-1898.
David Prothero, 27 May 2007
image by Clay Moss, 26 May 2007
The burgee for the Royal Albert Yacht Club is a white fimbriated red cross on
blue, with a St. Edward's crown on the cross.
Clay Moss, 26 May 2007
The Dumpy Book of Ships and the Sea (1957)
shows the burgee of the Royal Portsmouth Corinthian Yacht Club as vertically
divided red-white-red with the shield from the Portsmouth city arms (blue, with
a yellow star over an upturned crescent, both yellow) surmounted by a crown.
James Dignan, 12 February 2008
I think that this was not a yacht club. It was probably a naval social club
that amalgamated with a yacht club.
David Prothero, 6 July 2014
Indeed. I can't find anything more definite at the moment, but The
Portsmouth News in its article "Discover real maritime treasures at historic
mentions as it describes the history of the merged club: "The Royal Naval Club
was formed in 1867 by four naval lieutenants serving on board HMS Bellerophon
anchored off Spithead. The idea was to establish a watering hole and place of
relaxation for naval officers who were often a long way from home."
So, it was neither established by yachters, nor intended for yachting. A "naval social club" sounds like a good description.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 14 August 2014
Royal Portsmouth Corinthian Yacht Club.
Established Southsea, 22 May 1880.
Title ‘royal’ approved 15 November, granted 25 November 1880.
Special Ensign 1880. Red Ensign defaced on Union with crown.
Burgee: Red / white / red; eight point star between the horns of a crescent, both white, on a blue shield in the white panel.
Special Ensign Warrant cancelled 1930.
Merged with Royal Albert Yacht Club 1 July 1946.
David Prothero, 18 December 2014