Designed around 1630, The White Ensign was (and is) flown on vessels of HRM Naval Forces. The White Ensign features an all white field. The entirety of the white field is bisected by the red St. George Cross. In the upper left Canton, the British Union Jack is affixed. Prior to 1801, The White Ensign was “traditionally” the St. Georges Cross Ensign (minus The Union Jack). It was the most recognizable symbol of England for hundreds of years. It is also traditionally flown only during daylight hours. Many other Nations (and ex-Colonies of England), still used variations of The White Ensign in their Naval Services. The White Ensign is also part of 2 other similar classes of Naval identifiers – The Red and The Blue Ensigns.