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Old 12-05-2012, 07:46   #1
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Recognize this Emblem? (wood blocks)

I have wooden blocks on my boat that need replacing. I was curious as to where they originally came from. Does anyone recognize the attached emblem?

I would like to maintain the classic looks of the boat by replacing with wood blocks. Because of the tight budget, I will probably attempt to reuse the hardware and fashion my own wood shells.

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:08   #2
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Re: Recognize this Emblem? (wood blocks)

looks like the kirabati flag


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Old 12-05-2012, 09:46   #3
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Re: Recognize this Emblem? (wood blocks)

May be the old South Coast insignia. Merriman use the trident, and Dauphinee and sons, the mapleleaf on their retainers.
Bruce Bingham's book, the sailors sketchbook has a good table of sizes for making wood blocks.
Can't remember the name of the folks who will re-wood you blocks, check WoodenBoat forum.
Rewooding is not hard, did my Merrimans on Bluestocking.
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Re: Recognize this Emblem? (wood blocks)

There was a company up here in Port Townsend,WA that used to make wood blocks, seems like they had a bird on their emblem but not sure. If you sent that pic to Port Townsend Sails or New Found Metals they would probably know.
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Re: Recognize this Emblem? (wood blocks)

The albatross has an M shape to his wings,maybe Merrimen could be old logo before the trident?..maybe not
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Re: Recognize this Emblem? (wood blocks)

Nice logo but I've never seen it before. Wooden Boat would probably be the best source.
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Re: Recognize this Emblem? (wood blocks)

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Flag of Kiribati - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The flag of Kiribati: the upper half is red with a gold frigatebird (Fregata minor, in Gilbertese: te eitei) flying over a gold rising sun (otintaai), and the lower half is blue with three horizontal wavy white stripes to represent the ocean and the 3 groups (Gilbert, Phoenix and Line Islands). The 17 rays of the sun represent the 16 Gilbert Islands and Banaba (former Ocean Island).

The badge was designed by Sir Arthur Grimble in 1932 for the Gilbert and Ellice Islands British colony.

Kiribati's flag is an armorial banner, a flag having a design corresponding exactly to that of the shield in the coat of arms.

The coat of arms dates back to May 1937 when it was granted to the Gilbert and Ellice Islands, as Kiribati and Tuvalu were then known. The shield was incorporated into the centre of the fly half of a British Blue Ensign as the state ensign of the colony.

Shortly before independence was granted in 1979, a local competition was held to choose a new national flag, and a design based on the colonial coat of arms was submitted to the College of Arms. The College of Arms decided to modify this design. Both the golden frigatebird and the sun were enlarged to occupy more of the top of the flag, and the width of the blue and white wavy bands was reduced. The local people, however, insisted on the original design, in which the top and bottom halves of the flag were equal, the sun and local frigate bird small, and the various design elements outlined in black. The new flag was hoisted during the independence day celebrations in the capital, Tarawa, on July 12, 1979.

The frigatebird symbolises command of the sea, power, freedom and Kiribati cultural dance patterns[citation needed], the blue and white wavy bands represent the Pacific Ocean, which surrounds Kiribati and the sun refers to Kiribati's position astride the Equator[citation needed].

The flag bears a very slight resemblance to the flag of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic.
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Thank you Atoll, very interesting stuff
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Thank you Atoll, very interesting stuff
i knew i had seen it somewhere!,i stopped in kiribati a few years ago,the kiribas have a long history as merchant seamen over the last 150 years
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Thanks all for the efforts. I'm not completely convinced that the emblem is the Kiribati flag (Bird pointed the wrong way and exaggerated wings into shape of "M"). Although whoever made the blocks appears to have been inspired by it as the design is very similar. I made an account and got approved at Wooden Boats. I'll see if I get any answers there. Failing that I may send to the companies suggested here. If I get a definitive answer I'll update the thread.

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Re: Recognize this Emblem? (wood blocks)

it might have been influenced by what the artist was drinking at the time as well as the kirabati flag!

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it might have been influenced by what the artist was drinking at the time as well as the kirabati flag!

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Please let us know when you find out.
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