The legal use of an inverted ensign–the national flag flown upside down–as a distress signal

The legal use of an inverted ensign–

the national flag flown upside down–

as a distress signal

Maritime Warning Signals

US Flag used as an example of the “Inverted Ensign”

The use of an inverted ensign

the national flag flown upside downas a distress signal dates back many years, apparently originating in British practice but carried over to the United States at an early date. 

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