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Re: I was watching PT-109 and well have a question
When moored or anchored, the national ensign is flown from a flag staff at the stern and the union jack from the jack staff at the bow. As soon as the last mooring line is cast off, or the anchor free the bottom, the word "underway, shift colors" is passed and simultaneously the ensign and jack are lowered from their respective staffs and the national ensign is smartly raised at the mainmast. The reverse happens when coming into port or anchoring..."moored, shift colors."
When the PT boat is moored to the dock the colors fly aft and when the boat shears away under power the stern colors are furled/stowed and another national ensign is hoisted on the mainmast.
Since the film had actual PT vets as advisors I am guessing this is accurate practice.
Still done with small craft?
May I ask the reasoning behind the practice?
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