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    Ivan,

    Whether the Great Britain received some form of exclusive permission to fly the white ensign is as yet unknown, and the matter is further complicated by the presence at the launch of Prince Albert, and the flying of his Royal Standard. Given that there was a military band stationed on board the ship on launch day, and that the Queens’ Consort was on board for at least some of the day, the white ensign was perhaps seen as appropriate. More recent discussions have taken place on white ensign use by merchantmen in The Mariner's Mirror, Vol.92 No.3 August 2006. It seems likely that prior to 1864, use of the white ensign (and other unusual or blended flags) on merchantmen like the Great Britain simply grew from the personal taste or whimsy of the captain or ship owner rather than from any officially approved practice. As we use historical evidence to inform the re-display of the ship in her 1843 launch guise, we are obliged to display the flag that was flown on the day of her floating out Terry.
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    I emailed the BBC regarding the absence of MN coverage and gave them a bol****** as yet no reply, KT

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    Ivan, Test your skills sailor Terry.


    Play the Captain Gray game | ss Great Britain
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    On the same theme, As my wife comes from a long line of pigeon fancier's, Lets not forget the work they done during the war effort, And the very seldom mentioned {Home Guard } It took all kinds to bring V.E.Day, Not just bombs and bullet's Terry.
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