1864 - The White Ensign

9th July. By Her Majesty’s order of Council, it was directed that the classification of ships under the denomination of Red, White and Blue Squadrons, should be discontinued, and that in future the White Ensign should be used by all HM ships of war in commission; the Blue Ensign by British merchant ships commanded by officers of the Royal Naval Reserve, after obtaining permission from the Admiralty; the Red Ensign by all other ships belonging to Her Majesty’s subjects.