code signaling flags flags are rarely used or seen these days.
However, I was given this tapestry of flags by my good friend Isabel while I was over-wintering in the South of Spain in the marina at Almerimar, and just wanted an excuse to show it off.
A; alpha, Diver down keep clear (when stationary) or I am undergoing a speed trial.
B; bravo, dangerous cargo
C; Charlie, Affirmative
D; delta, Keep clear Keep clear of me, I am maneuvering with difficulty.
E; echo, Altering course to starboard
F; foxtrot, I am disabled
G; golf, I require a Pilot
H; hotel, Pilot on board
I; India, Altering course to Port
J; Juliet, On fire keep clear
K; kilo, I wish to communicate
L; lima, Stop instantly
M; mike, I am stopped. Or I have a doctor on board.
N; November, No negative
O; Oscar, Man overboard
P; papa, About to sail The vessel is about to proceed sea. Or If already at sea - Your lights are out or burning badly. Or Fishing boat at sea - My nets have come fast upon an obstruction.
Q; Quebec, My vessel is healthy and I request free practique.
R; romeo, The way is off my ship. You may pass me.
S; sierra, My engines are going full speed astern
T; Tango, Keep clear of me, I am engaged in pair trawling. Or Do not pass ahead of me.
U; Uniform, You are running into danger.
V; Victor, I require assistance. (not distress)
W; Whiskey, I require medical assistance.
X; X-Ray, Stop carrying out your intentions and watch for my signals.
Y; Yankee, I am dragging anchor. Or I am carrying mails.
Z; Zulu, I require a tug.Two-flag signaling flags are mostly distress and maneuvering signals.
AC; I am abandoning my vessel.
AN; I need a doctor.
BR; I require a helicopter.
CD; I require immediate assistance.
DV; I am drifting.
EF; SOS/MAYDAY has been canceled.
FA; Will you give me my position?
GW; Man overboard. Please take action to pick him up.
JL; You are running the risk of going aground.
LO; I am not in my correct position: used by a light vessel
NC; I am in distress and require immediate assistance.
PD; Your navigation lights are not visible.
PP; Keep well clear of me.
QD; I am going ahead.
QT; I am going astern.
QQ; I require health clearance.
QU; Anchoring is prohibited.
QX; I request permission to anchor.
RU; Keep clear of me. I am maneuvering with difficulty.
SO; You should stop your vessel instantly.
UM; The Harbour is closed to traffic.
UP; Permission to enter Harbour is urgently requested. I have an emergency.
YU; I am going to communicate with your station by means of the International code of signals.
ZD1; Please report me to the Coast Guard, New York
ZD2; Please report me to Lloyds, London
ZL; Your signal has been received but not understood.
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