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Flags on Sails

Flag Sail

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Canadian flag on a sail
image by Željko Heimer
From Dictionary of Vexillology

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National flags are occasionally seen as the spinnaker of a racing yacht (or similar), and of course, there is that well-known poster advertising the Marshall Plan after World War II.
Christopher Southworth, 4 October 2008

Of course, at one point arms were placed on sails, rather than flags.

There appear to have been two versions of the Marshal Plan sails: One where the flags together form a single sail, catching the wind of the ERP; the other is All Our Colours to the Mast, with each flag a separate sail.

There's another image, similar to the Marshall Plan poster with the separate sails, but I can't recall what it pertains to at the moment. Other posters, by the way, had the flags as the wings of a mill, notches of a key, twigs in a nest, as well as forming clothes.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 4 October 2008

Examples of flags on sails:

Belgian Navy training ship Zenobe Gramme, a Bermudan ketch built in 1961 shown at

And in context (bottom of page) at
Jan Mertens, 4 October 2008