Although signal flags have been largely replaced by two-way radio and cell phones, in the 19th century they were how ships at sea communicated with each other. Each flag stands for a letter, but also represents a full message. For example, the “T” flag also meant “keep clear!” Today the flags are reserved for yacht racing and formal occasions. Choose your three-initial monogram and artisans in New England will create a coaster set on cork-backed, rustic tumbled marble that shows your initials along with the corresponding signal flags. Click here for a list of initials and their corresponding flags, or click on the Flag Meanings tab to see what phrase each flag symbolizes in the International Code of Symbols.
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International maritime signal flags and their meanings These are the meanings of each signal flag in the International Code of Signals, with alternate meanings that are specific to the U.S. Navy or to sailing regattas.
A: I have a diver down; keep well clear at slow speed.
B: I am taking in, discharging, or carrying dangerous cargo.
C: Yes, or affirmative (Regatta: Change of course)
D: I am maneuvering with difficulty; keep clear.
E: I am directing my course to starboard.
F: I am disabled; communicate with me. (Navy, when displayed on aircraft carriers: Flight operations underway)
G: I require a pilot.
H: I have a pilot on board.
I: I am directing my course to port. (Navy: Coming alongside; Regatta: Round the ends starting rule)
J: I am on fire and have dangerous cargo; keep clear.
K: I wish to communicate with you.
L: When displayed at sea, usually accompanied by four numerals that indicate latitude: You should stop your vessel immediately. When at port: The ship is quarantined. (Regatta: Come within hail or follow me.)
M: My vessel is stopped; making no way. (Regatta: Mark missingthe vessel displaying this flag is a replacement for the missing course marker)
N: No or negative (Regatta: All races are abandoned; return for new start.)
O: Man overboard.
P: When displayed at sea, used by fishing vessels to indicate that nets are caught on an obstruction. When displayed at port: All personnel return to ship; proceeding to sea.
Q: Ship meets health regulations; request clearance to port. (Navy, when displayed on an aircraft carrier: All boats return to ship.)
R: No ICS meaning. Was previously used to mean, “The way is off my ship.” (Navy: Preparing to replenish)
T: Keep clear; engaged in trawling (Navy: Do not pass ahead of me.)
U: You are running into danger.
V: I require assistance.
W: I require medical assistance.
X: Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signal. (Regatta: Individual recall)
Y: I am dragging anchor. (Navy: Ship has visual communications duty; Regatta: Wear life jackets)
Z: I require a tug. (Regatta: 20 percent scoring penalty)
Our rustic tiles are carved from large marble blocks, ensuring that no two stones will ever be exactly alike. Then the pieces are tumbled to give them character that can be seen on every surface, edge, and corner. The result is a one-of-a-kind keepsake with more personality that would be possible from a piece of manufactured ceramic.
With depth information and the outlines of hidden sandbars, nautical charts reveal safe passage to sailors. To the casual viewer, they evoke seaside memories and dreams of open water. Provide us with the town or landmark closest to your waterside home or favorite spot anywhere along the U.S. coastal waterways, the Great Lakes, Alaska, or Hawaii, and artisans in New England will create a cork-backed, four-tile marble coaster set that reproduces a local chart.
Using seamless USGS topographic data, we're able to create home decor featuring maps of your most meaningful places. Provide any U.S. address and artisans in New England will create a coaster set on cork-backed, rustic tumbled marble-that reproduces a map of your location.
Based on an address of your choice, this set of four puzzle-piece coasters is the perfect way to celebrate a new home or remember a much-loved place from your past. Stacked together in an elegant box, your coaster set is fashioned from an aerial photograph featuring remarkable detail. With a bird’s-eye view of the landscape, you can spot houses, buildings, and waterways. As functional are they are beautiful, when you put them together, they make a great trivet for serving piping hot dishes. Each sturdy coaster is printed and coated to make the surface scratch- and heat-resistant and easy to wipe clean.
Today we have two-way radio, satellite phones, and sophisticated GPS equipment, but in the 18th century, ships at sea communicated with each other via signal flags. Even with all our modern gear, sometimes low-tech is the way to go, and the flags are still used in conjunction with these newer communication technologies. Each flag stands for a letter and can be used to spell out words, but each flag also stands for a full message. For example the “C” flag can also mean “affirmative,” and the “U” flag can be a signal to an approaching ship that it is running into danger. The flags have still more meanings when used in yacht racing.
Today we have two-way radio, satellite phones, and sophisticated GPS equipment, but in the 18th century, ships at sea communicated with each other via signal flags. Today they’re used in conjunction with these newer communication technologies. Each flag stands for a letter and can be used to spell out words, and also stands for a full message. For example the “C” flag can also mean “affirmative,” and the “U” flag can be a signal to an approaching ship that it is running into danger. The flags have still more meanings when used in yacht racing.
With their bright plumage and resonant song, birds like the cardinal, black-capped chickadee, eastern bluebird, and American gold finch are welcome harbingers of spring in New England. The male of the species is usually more brightly colored, and his feathers are even more vibrant during springtime when he’s courting.
The tiny North African country of Tunisia on the Mediterranean coast is one of the world’s top 10 producers of olives. Almost than 7,000 square miles, more than 10 percent of the country’s land, is cultivated with olive trees. When the trees no longer bear fruit, their wood is harvested to make room for younger trees. The wood is very hard and durable, with a beautiful grain that makes it ideal for kitchenware and other highly decorative but functional items.
Lavishly embroidered silk robes were a staple of Chinese royalty. These colorful coasters capture just a small glimpse of the ornate folk art once found in the Forbidden City in Beijing. Each is embroidered with the fu symbol for good luck and prosperity, which many families use in decorations for Lunar New Year celebrations. Six embroidered coasters, two of each color, are presented in a silk gift box.
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