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Original U.S. WWII US Navy Mare Island Nautical Pennant and Signal Flag Lot - 3 Items

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Original Items: Only One Lot of 3 Available. The use of flags for communication between ships dates back to the 17th century. Back then, ships would use flags to signal their identities, affiliations, and intentions. Nautical flags were initially used in ancient military encounters to signal actions to other fleet members. Not only would these flags be used for communication purposes, they also had flags to signify the others in the formation that they had a senor officer on board as well.

The flags in this lot:
- 95” x 39” US Navy Formation Pennant Dated 1944
- 82” x 80” Senior Officer Pennant No 4 Dated 1943
- 36 ½” x 33” R[omeo] Alphabet Flag Dated 1943

All flags are in wonderful condition and were manufactured at Mare Island. The Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINSY) was the first United States Navy base established on the Pacific Ocean. It is located 25 miles (40 km) northeast of San Francisco in Vallejo, California. The Napa River goes through the Mare Island Strait and separates the peninsula shipyard (Mare Island, California) from the main portion of the city of Vallejo. MINSY made a name for itself as the premier U.S. West Coast submarine port as well as serving as the controlling force in San Francisco Bay Area shipbuilding efforts during World War II.

The base closed in 1996 and has gone through several redevelopment phases. It was registered as a California Historical Landmark in 1960, and parts of it were declared a National Historic Landmark District in 1975.

A lovely set ready for further research and display.

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