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Bethel Flag

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By Crusader1307

The ''Bethel'' Flag was the seagoing Ensign of The Bethel Union. The Organization was founded in 1818 in England – and was tasked with providing religious welfare and needs to both Civilian (Merchant) and Military (Royal Naval) Sailors. By 1819, The Society had extended such services to ''any'' Seaman of any Country. The United States followed suit in the 1820s by creating a ''Bethel'' Union as well. These Organizations were small stations established in major Sea Ports. Owing to the large amount of time that most Sailors spent ''at Sea'', The Union began to charter Merchant ships and take ''The Word'' to Sea. Such Ships transported much needed replenishment cargo to long service ships. They provided sea going Chaplains, bibles and recreational items.

 

To identify the status of a Bethel Ship, The Organization created an Ensign which was flown from a chartered ship. The Flag was a Blue Field in it's entirety. Centered, was a large letter ''B'' in white color (for ''Bethel''). During Wartime, Bethel ships were considered ''non-combatants'', and were not to be fired upon or boarded, by agreed Maritime Laws. Bethel Ships stopped in the early 20th Century, with the Organization changing their name to ''Missions for Seafarers''. The Organization is strictly a land (Port based) Organization.