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Jolly Roger Flag


Jolly Roger Flag, from the submarine, HMS Utmost. During World War II, HMS Utmost was adopted by the town of Prestwich near Bury, which raised the money to pay for it.

A submarine returning from patrol was allowed to fly the Jolly Roger only if she had achieved a success on that patrol. The flag was hoisted when the submarine reached its home port and was flown until sunset. It was not hoisted again until the next occasion she returned from a successful sortie. Symbols denoting special successes were added to the flag as they were earned.

This flag was transferred to Bury Art Museum at Local Government Re-organisation in 1974 from the redundant Town Hall in Prestwich.