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The Imperial and Royal Yacht Squadron (k. u. k. Yachtgeschwader) was granted with a special grant right for its members to hoist the Naval Ensign as the ensign on the yacht and pleasure boats registered in Austria-Hungary belonging to the members of this elite club. The Squaderon was established by naval officers in 1891 and was headquartered in Pula. The membership list from 1903 ("Liste der Ehrenmitglieder,
Stifter und Mitglieder des k.u.k. Yachtgeschwaders, Berichtigt bis Ende Jänner 1903", Buchdruckerei J. Krmpotić & Co. in Pola, 1903) shows that the Squadron members included numerous Erzherzogs, Princes, Counts and Barons, naval officers and high government officials and high society members from different countries. The five Flaggenofficiere of the association in 1903 were: the Commodore Erzherzog Franz Ferdinand; Vice-Commodore for Austria Alfred Graf Harrach, Vice-Commodore for Hungary Philipp Prinz von Sachsen-Coburg-Gotha; Rear Commodore for Austria Karl Graf Buquoy von Longueval and Rear Commodore for Hungary Geza Graf Andrassy.
A annually issue of k.u.k. Marinealmanach for 1914 provides the list of boats registered in Austria-Hungary belonging to the members, mostly sail-boats, but also nine motor boats. The boats were registered in cities on Adriatic coast of Istria and Kvarner, but also on inland lakes of Austria and Hungary as well as in Danube ports.
The k.u.k. Yachtgeschwader was re-established at Attersee in Upper Austria in 1991.
Information on this page was kindly supplemented by Tomasz Wyżyński, Poland.
The flag of the commodore is white swallowtailed flag with red cross bearing the Austrian imperial crown in the middle.
The flag of the vice-commodor is equal to the flag of commodore, with the middle coat of arms added in canton. For Hungarian part of the Monarchy the coat of arms of Hungary is set in canton and the cross is fimbriated in green.
The flag of the rear commodore is equal to previous pattern, but in place of the coat of arms it have a fouled anchor, also in two variants, one for each part of the Dual Monarchy.
The flag of honorary members, founders and first class members is of the same pattern as the flag of vice-commodore, but in shape of a triangular pennant. Of course, in two variants, one for the part under Austrian crown (i.e. Cisleithania) and one for countries of Hungarian crown (i.e. Transleithania).
The flag of the ordinary members if of equal design as the rear commodore flag, in triangular shape, and again, in two variants for two parts of the country.