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The Severn Motor Yacht Club and its history can be found on the SMYC's page
The flag is a blue ensign with the club badge in the lower fly.
Clay Moss, 14 October 2007
The defaced Blue Ensign was granted 13 October 1969, following a period of
eleven years when no civilian yacht club had been granted a special ensign. Why
would the Ministry of Defence (Navy) unexpectedly grant a defaced Blue Ensign to
a riparian motor yacht club fifty miles from the sea ?
It is probably no coincidence that the warrant was issued in the same year that the Thames Motor Cruising Club changed its name to Thames Motor Yacht Club and modified the badge on its Blue Ensign that was regarded, eighteen years earlier, as having been granted in recognition of the Club's wartime work. If this was publicised at the time, it may have led the Severn Motor Yacht Club, many of whose boats were requisitioned by the Admiralty during the Second World War, and a number lost on Active Service, to approach the MoD to be belatedly accorded the same privilege.
David Prothero, 15 October 2007
image by Clay Moss, 14 October 2007