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image by Clay Moss, 12 June 2014

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Dar es Salaam Yacht Club ensign

In the Handbook of Tanganyika by John Perry Moffett  (1958), p. 496, it states that the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club was granted the privilege of wearing a defaced (British) Blue Ensign just prior to World War II, but owing to the lack of sufficient boats large enough to be registered, the club was not able to retain the privilege.
Jos Poels, 11 June 2014

In the 1939 Lloyds Yacht Register, the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club ensign shows the dhow with no rigging lines. The burgee is the same. In the 1953 the club is shown with a Tanganyika Red Ensign and the same burgee. These are black and white photocopies. It is likely that the 1939 burgee was blue, but in 1953 the burgee may still have been blue or it may have been changed to red to match the ensign.
David Prothero, 12 June 2014

Register of Yachts - Ensigns and burgees of yacht clubs and distinguishing flags of yachtsmen by Lloyd's Yacht Register (1958) shows the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club with the Tanganyika Red Ensign (disk in the lower fly) and also a blue burgee (dhow without rigging lines).

As the same drawing of a red ensign also appeared in Lloyd's Yacht Register for 1958, I slightly modified the image of a Tanganyika Red Ensign to create one with the disk in the lower fly as shown below.

image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 07 Oct 2014

As with the some of the previous clubs listed with yachting ensigns, the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club is listed in the section of those Clubs which have warrants to fly defaced ensigns. I'm not certain that this was indeed a special ensign as Lloyd's claims it to be. However, in Yacht Club Burgees by Colin Stewart (1957) [
ste57], it mentions the ensign as well, though not the specific placement of the disk. Could it be the Yacht Club was in effect the only one to fly this ensign? Or could this actually have been an ensign for the yacht club, rather than a merchant ensign?
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 07 Oct 2014

The badge should be in the centre of the fly. Placing it in lower fly corner was a not uncommon habit among some clubs, who thought that the appearance of the ensign was improved if the badge was in the corner opposite the Union canton. It is probably acceptable on a yacht club special ensign, but should not have been done on the Tanganyika civil ensign.

This was not a yacht club special ensign. The club was removed from the Navy List in 1950. Tanganyika was a mandated territory, its inhabitants were not British subjects, and could not register a vessel as British. It had therefore been necessary to establish a Tanganyika Shipping Register in 1919 with its own ensign so that Tanganyikans could legally sail vessels that they owned in international waters.
David Prothero, 08 Oct 2014

In letter dated 13 November 1922, it was reported from Tanganyika that locally registered vessels were using a defaced Red Ensign. The yacht club was not established until 1933.
David Prothero, 09 Oct 2014

Dar es Salaam Yacht Club burgee

  image by Clay Moss, 12 June 2014

The burgee of the Dar es Salaam Yacht Club is blue defaced with a white dhow.  It is still in use today.
Clay Moss, 12 June 2014