Flying the Red Ensign to Signal the UK’s Dependence on Merchant Navy Seafarers

August 6, 2019

Seafarers UK is asking owners of flagpoles throughout the island nation to raise awareness of Merchant Navy seafarers by flying a Red Ensign ashore on Merchant Navy Day, Tuesday 3 September 2019.

Continuing its campaign started in 2015, the charity has invited more than ten thousand local authorities and councils around the UK to hoist the British Merchant Navy’s official flag on civic buildings and prominent flagpoles in public places.

Nick Harvey, Campaigns Manager at Seafarers UK, said: ‘Merchant Navy Day on 3 September provides a perfect opportunity to show support for the seafarers on which the UK depends by proudly flying the Red Ensign as publicly as possible, for all to see.’

Seafarers UK is now reaching out to owners of private and commercial premises with flagpoles, offering inexpensive Red Ensigns in a wide range of sizes from the Hampshire Flag Company.

A free guide to taking part is available to download at

All participants are being added to a prestigious ‘Roll of Honour’ at