I recently ran across this video on You Tube showing a drill they were doing with signal flags. I thought you might enjoy it, also. Although we make signal flags ours are so small compared to what is flown on a ship or boat. Our flags are made out of 100% cotton and designed for home use. The picture below gives you a example of the size of IB Designs, USA signal flags.
Although in the comments they said the men were slow I thought that they were pretty fast. The video is long but it is neat to see how they do it especially with a strong wind blowing. Not sure what size the flags are in the video. Signal flags come in several sizes. 0,1, 2, 3. The larger the number the larger the flag so that it can be visible from far away when out at sea. Most our made out of ripstop nylon due to weather conditions like high winds and salt water.
USNS Joshua Humphreys Signal Bridge Drills
We have on our website a signal flag coloring book as a PDF file for quite some time. Although we are all busy this time of year this is something that children can do sitting at the table while you are busy making holiday cookies and dishes. After they are done coloring it they would make a nice decoration for the holiday season. I decided to do it myself so that you can see how it works. I am spelling the word MERRY.
This link takes you to our Products Page and at the bottom you will see the following image.
You will see a link to download the ZIP file directly. That way you can save it for future projects. Once you have saved it to a folder that you will remember, open and scroll down to the letter that you want. When you hit Print make sure that you pick CURRENT PAGE. There is 2 flag images for each page. Below is a picture of the Letter M and also the letter N. Based on what you are spelling you can always either hold on to the spare letter or not.
Next is the letter M close up showing colored and not.
This is best with a color printer because the little square on the upper left would be in color telling you what color the flag is.Unfortunately we only have a black and white printer.
Once all the letters are colored in it’s time to cut them out including the tabs that look like rope. If your child is young it would be best for you to cut them out after they have colored the flag. Once they are cut out lay each tab over the other and scotch tape them together. Here is a complete banner that I put together.
This picture shows them on the fridge and a magnet on each end. They could be hung anywhere around the house including maybe a Christmas tree if the name wasn’t too long.
Lastly is a picture of our signal flag alphabet that shows all the colors of the various letters.
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I thought I would talk about the different material that are used in making flags and banners. We use Kona Cotton for our flags. It’s a great fabric with a very high thread count and since our flags are designed for indoor use it work well for us. Although our flags could be hung outside for special occasions like birthday parties, wedding reception or any nautical theme party they are not designed for long term outdoor use. Mainly because the quality cotton that we use fades in the sun or salt water deteriorates them if left outside long term. If you are decorating and want the flags to match what is currently in your home this should help. Below is a picture that I took of the various colors that we use. Based on your monitor setting might look slightly different.
Another popular fabric is a special nylon called Dupont’s SolarMax. DuPont’s SolarMax™ technology was developed solely for the needs of the flag industry. This special fabric is very durable and attractive. It will stand up to bright sunlight and strong ultraviolet radiation
Although a densely woven material, SolarMax retains nylon’s traditionally superior ability to fly in very light winds.
DuPont’s Newest Nylon Flag Material Out Performs Other Nylons:
Best Resistance to Damaging Ultraviolet Radiation
Dense 200 Denier Nylon Weave
Longest Lasting Nylon Flag Material Available
Flies in the Lightest Breeze
Provides the Brightest Colors for a Great Appearance
Here is a pic showing what it looks like.
Lastly is a checkerboard racing flag that is made out of nylon.
If you are interested in learning more about several other fabrics this link has a lot of good information and commonly asked questions.
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