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Nanaimo is a city on the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It is known as "The Harbour City". Nanaimo is also the headquarters of the Nanaimo Regional District.
Text and image(s) from Canadian City Flags, Raven 18 (2011), courtesy of the North American Vexillological Association, which retains copyright. Image(s) by permission of Eugene Ipavec.
The flag of the City of Nanaimo has a white field bearing a red
cross whose bars’ widths are one-eighth the height of the flag and whose ends
extend to its edges. In the upper left quarter is a three-masted square-rigged
ship with a brown hull, black masts, white sails, and two red pennants, sailing
to the left atop the upper of two wavy blue stripes. In the lower right quarter
is a pattern of full and partial black diamonds, arrayed 1-2-1-2-1 (the top
and bottom diamonds are truncated); their width nearly matches that of the
Jim Croft, Canadian City Flags, Raven 18, 2011
Argent a cross Gules in the first quarter on two bars wavy Azure a barque in full sail proper pennons flying Gules and the fourth quarter semé of lozenges Sable;
The Nanaimo Bastion proper;
FAITH AND LABOUR
Source: Canadian Heraldic Authority
photograph by Peter Ansoff, 15 September 2006
The picture "in the cloth" shows colour to the ship in the first quarter.
Dean McGee, 15 September 2006
1:1 image by
Source: Canadian City Flags, Raven 18
Nanaimo has replaced its banner of arms with a letterhead on a white sheet. The
logo can be found on the city's website and
spells out "City of Nanaimo" in large capitals, and "The Harbour City" in
smaller letters underneath. The flag is 1:2, and there are definitely two shades
of blue in the logo.
Dean McGee, 25 August 2009
I don't think the flag has been officially replaced; the "city emblems" page at http://www.nanaimo.ca/EN/main/municipal/city-council/TheCitysEmblems.html still shows the banner of arms under "city flag." The logo flag would appear to be an informal - or parallel-use - addition. The emblems page also shows a large version of the logo (which comes in two slightly different versions, labeled "City Logo" and "Community Logo", of which this is the former. The logo may echo the two blue waves in the shield.
Eugene Ipavec, 25 August 2009
A photo published in "Nanaimo Daily News", 8 March 2012, shows the square
version of the flag (with the hoist on the right side of the photo), confirming
that the flag is still in official use. The flag shown on the photo was flown on
Camp Nathan Smith of the Canadian Forces in Kandahar City, Afghanistan, during
the Operation Hometown.
The flag is a banner of the municipal arms, whose explanation is given on the municipal website, as follows:
In 1950, it was decided by Mayor Earle C. Westwood and his Council, that an application should be made to the College of Arms in England for the official registration of arms for Nanaimo to coincide with Nanaimo's celebration of 100 years of development and of 75 years as an incorporated City. A proposed design and blazon were submitted to the College of Arms for tentative approval. The suggestions made by the Sumerset Herald of Arms to alter the direction of the pattern of the fourth quarter and to conventionalize the representation of the sea in the first quarter were adopted. A formal application was then made. The fee for registration at that time was approximately $325.00. The official authorization of the arms was made on 23 September 1951 and the documents were completed and dated on 28 September 1951.http://www.nanaimo.ca/EN/main/municipal/city-council/TheCitysEmblems.html
The principal colour of the arms of Nanaimo is red taken from the red cross on a silver field on the arms of the Hudson's Bay Company. On the first quarter of the shield is a representation of a barque to commemorate the arrival of Nanaimo's early settlers from England after a sea voyage of five months in this type of vessel. On the fourth quarter is a pattern of "black diamonds" representing Nanaimo coal mining industry, now discontinued but the original reason for Nanaimo's existence. The open second and third quarters indicate the unfulfilled future.