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Barrington Yacht Club (U.S.)

Rhode Island

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[Barrington Yacht Club flag] image located by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 June 2015

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Barrington Yacht Club

Barrington Yacht Club,, is listed in Lloyd's Register of American Yachts, 1912, as organised and incorporated in 1908; its station is given as Barrington R.I., and its home waters as the Barrington River. The club's history page dates the incorporation more precisely as 25 March 1908. The page then leads up to the 20 August 1909 dedication of the club's house. Then the text continues with "It was during this time that Charles McKenna, William Bliss and Arthur Almy designed the Club Burgee and Seal." Apparently, no exact details for the burgee are known.

The burgee, as depicted in Lloyd's is a ca. 2:3 red triangle with a white fly lozenge throughout, bearing centred a blue square cross formy.

The club itself does not know the meaning of the design and asks about the naval significance of the cross, though they use the term "Maltese cross"). They list a number of older yacht clubs who also used the charge, but I assume they had already asked those about the cross and came up empty-handed.

According to the same page, in 1936 the club moved to the other side of the river, with the highlight of the new clubhouse's dedication being the raising of colours. One would assume this refers to a club flag, but this is not said in so many words.

The club's photo gallery does show what appears to be a club flag, matching the logo on the site: A ca. 2:3 white triangle with two red hoist triangle and a dark blue square cross formy, all aligned on a line half the hoist away from the hoist. An actual burgee is similar to the club flag, but has a lean cross formy instead. This would suggest some variation is acceptable.

In their photo gallery the club can be seen to be using the common US yacht club officers' flags. Also, their front page shows clearly an orange flag, probably related to racing.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 June 2015

Variations in the burgee

Variation as shown in Lloyds 1912:
[Barrington Yacht Club flag] image located by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 June 2015

Variation with a lean cross formy:
[Barrington Yacht Club flag] image located by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 12 June 2015