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Maumee River Yacht Club (U.S.)


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[Maumee River Yacht Club flag] image by Rob Raeside, 6 December 2018

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Description of the flag

Estb: 1899. Location: Toledo, OH.
Burgee: Pennant 6:10 (web image). Red field charged with a white compass rose centred 3 units from hoist and with the white capital letters MRYC vertically next to hoist.

"Since pre-history the Maumee River has been a navigational artery of the area. However, recreational boating did not become an element until the mid 19th century, and "boat houses" appeared on its shores. Two such establishments (now called marinas) were located at the foot of Congress Street in South Toledo. One was Sticklesí Boat House; the other, Slavinís. With the advent of the Toledo Yacht Club, the group at Slavinís decided to call themselves the "Upriver Yacht Club". There being rivalry between the two houses, the Sticklesí group decided to identify their location by calling themselves the "MAUMEE RIVER YACHT CLUB". Both groups were loosely knit, with the proprietors of the two boathouses acting as the titular heads thereof. . . .
In the dead of winter of 1899 (January 17th to be exact) the group at Sticklesí formally organized as the Maumee River Yacht Club, with none other than G.W. Stickles being the first Commodore of Record; . . . ď

Source: accessed 3 December 2018,
Peter Edwards, 5 December 2018

Former burgee

[Maumee River Yacht Club flag] image by Rob Raeside, 6 December 2018

Source: Lloydís Register of American Yachts. New York, 1911
Peter Edwards, 5 December 2018

This former burgee appeared in Lloyd's in 1907 for the first time, and it was still shown in 1917. After that I can't check it any more, but the same page does mention the continued existence of the club after the war. (It also mentions the Upriver Yacht Club disappearing as its members moved over to the formally organised club.) I can confirm it's shown in Lloyd's in 1931, but by then the club is already using the current burgee.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 19 February 2019

1906 Burgee

[Maumee River Yacht Club flag] image by Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 19 February 2019

Before 1907, the club also already appears in Lloyd's, in 1905 and 1906, but with yet an earlier burgee: It's pictured as a 4-triangle design, the hoist triangles blue, the centre triangle white and the fly triangle red. There's a white five-pointed star in each of the hoist triangles, the letters "MR" in blue in the white triangle, and the letters "YC" in white in the red triangle. These letters are capitals in a sans font, placed in such a way that they can be read as the single abbreviation "MRYC", for the name of the club. In 1905, the stars are depicted as pointing flyward; in 1906 they have apparently been corrected to point upward. In 1903 Lloyd doesn't yet show that burgee.

The club's history page ( mentions that "Old stories indicate that the Club burgee was designed in 1906 ...". This would then refer to the red field with white four-pointed compass rose, which made its first appearance in Lloyd's the next year. It does not refer to the current design, the version defaced with the letters "MRYC". That one must have been designed some time between 1917 and 1931.
Peter Hans van den Muijzenberg, 19 February 2019