CC photo #14: The Faroese flag “Merkið” flying high in Shanghai


The Faroese flag “Merkið” in the midst of the entire swimming world’s forest of flags, outside the Oriental Sports Center in Shanghai during the 14th FINA World Aquatics Championships 2011. I got to touch it for inspection, no silk expert here, but it seemed like the nicest material possible. Called Merkið or ‘The Mark’ because it was put to use during World War II, to help the Allied powers not bomb our vessels while bringing them fish from Iceland. Still lost a third of the fleet to the Nazi subs, though.

Merkið í Shanghai


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