Narooma Pilot Station Signal Flags

Ships worldwide follow a flag system known as the International Code of Signals to communicate between ship and shore. First published as the Commercial Code of Signals in 1857, it established universal rules for maritime communication. Originally consisting of 18 signal flags that could be combined to convey about 17,000 messages, revisions were introduced at various times to create the system still used today. This collection of original signal flags allowed the Narooma Pilot to communicate with the ships coming and going from his port.

The flags are on display at the Narooma Lighthouse Museum.