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Naval signal flag?


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The cover of Michael Forrest's book 'The Defence of the Dardanelles' has a colourised version of this well known photograph


In the colourised vesion the flag is shown as a red field with a white (or perhaps yellow) St. George's Cross

Specifically, what would the ship be indicating by flying this particular flag at this time?


Thanks in advance


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Single Flag 'R' in the International Code of Signals = (I believe in 1914) "The way is off my ship." (Very much so in this case as she seem to be at anchor or has just anchored.) N.B. the meanings have been amended over the years. I think the current equivalent is Flag 'M' = "My vessel is stopped and making no way through the water."

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