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On 25 March 1929 the Post Master General, Palestine requested
authorisation for postal vessels to fly a Blue Ensign defaced
with 'POSTS' on a white circle. This was refused but on 2nd May
NL1284/29 authorised the use of a square blue jack having a Union
canton and defaced 'POSTS' in the fly.
David Prothero, 9 September 2001
There is no evidence how this jack looked like exactly. The
square jack pattern is shown in Flaggenbuch
1939 captioned Gösch der Schiffe der
Verwaltungsbehörden der Kolonien, Schutzgebeite, Mandate usw.
jack of ships of governmental authorities of the Colonies,
Protectorates, Mandates etc. This shows a square blue ensign with
white disk in the middle of the fly half inscribed Platz für
das Abzeichen, place for the badge. There is no indication
how the badge looked like exactly, it is only said that it
included the word "POSTS". In my reconstruction I have
followed this as literally as possible. Of course, the drawing
should not be taken for granted.
eljko Heimer, 18 February 2002
Admiralty Letter NL.1284/29 of 2nd May 1929 directed that,
the flag to be flown on Customs Houses and Vessels in the service of the Customs shall be the Blue Ensign defaced by the word PALESTINE in a white circle. Vessels in the service of the Customs shall fly, in addition to the defaced Blue Ensign at the stern, a jack at the bow consisting of a square blue flag with a Union in the upper canton next the staff, defaced in the fly by the word CUSTOMS.
Similar ensigns and jacks were authorised for mail carrying
vessels, with the word POSTS replacing CUSTOMS in the fly of the
jack. The appearance of the Posts Jack is not certain. The
Admiralty Letter specifies that on the ensign the word
'PALESTINE' will be in a white circle, but on the jack only that,
the word 'POSTS' will be in the fly. The word may have been in
black letters on a white circle as illustrated, or it may have
been in larger white letters applied direct to the blue fly.
David Prothero, 4 March 2002