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Dictionary of Vexillology: B (Beach Flag - Belaying Pin)
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- BEACH (SAFETY or WARNING) FLAG (or PENNANT)
- A flag or pennant from one of several different systems for signalling the
condition of a beach, the state of the ocean or weather at that particular point,
and/or to what degree bathing safety precautions are in place – a bathing or surfing
flag/pennant, a weather or weather-warning flag/pennant, a shark alert or alarm flag/pennant, a wind, windsurf or windsurfing danger
flag/pennant or similar - but see ‘blue flag’ (also
‘red flag 1)’ and
‘storm warning flag’).
Some Beach Flags and Pennants, Spain,
The Netherlands and
- BEACH QUALITY FLAG
- See ‘blue flag’
Beach Quality/Blue Flag, European (fotw)
- The heraldic term which may be used when the beak of a bird or a bird-like creature is of a different
tincture than the body (see also
Flag of Brandenburg, Germany (fotw);
Flag of Filisur, Switzerland (fotw);
Flag of Asperen, The Netherlands (fotw)
- BEAM CROSS
- An accurate but seldom used translation (balken meaning a “balk”, “bar” or “beam” of
wood) of the German term balkenkreuz - see ‘balkenkreuz’.
- 1) An expanding stripe (or stripes) which usually - but not exclusively - expand from a central point in order to represent
a shaft (or shafts) of light – rays – but see
(also ‘expanding stripe(s)’).
2) The term may also be used to describe a horizontal arm such as those
seen on an anchor, cross or yard (see also ‘anchor’,
‘cross 1)’ and
- 3) A term sometimes incorrectly used to describe a stripe (or stripes) in place of the heraldic equivalents – see
Flag of the Air Force, Russia (fotw);
Flag of P’ing-tung, Taiwan (fotw);
Standard of Gaspésie, Quebec, Canada (fotw)
- A term sometimes incorrectly used in place of pointed - see ‘pointed’
(also ‘rays 1)’).
Flag of Mississippi 1861, CSA (fotw)
- See ‘charge’ and
- An early 18th Century alternative term, now obsolete, for bunting – see
‘bunting 1)’ (also
‘bewper’ and ‘breadth 2)’).
- A loop at the end of the hoist line of a flag that fastens to a toggle at
the end of the halyard when hoisting a flag – a running eye – but see ‘eye splice’ (also ‘halyard’,
‘running eye and toggle’
- BED SHEET FLAG (or BSF)
- See ‘logo on a bed sheet’.
Flag of the State of Idaho, US (fotw)
- BEEF FLAG
- A flag (of unknown configuration) that was flown by supply vessels carrying foodstuffs
to the British Royal Navy during the 18th and 19th centuries
(see also ‘bullock pennant’).
- BEEF PENNANT
- See ‘bullock pennant’
(also ‘beef flag’).
- In heraldry see ‘gemmed’.
Arms and Flag of Tagilde, Portugal (fotw)
- BELAYING PIN
- An increasingly obsolete method of securing the halyard by means of
movable vertical pins (fitted into a frame or rack at the foot of the mast)
and now largely replaced by the cleat - a tack pin or jack pin (see also ‘cleat’
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