The Catawba Sail and Power Squadron burgee (or pennant) is more than just a flying “flag” on our members’ boats . . . it’s a piece of history in itself, and one that we are proud to claim as our own.
The three stripes represent the tri-county area (York, Chester, and Lancaster Counties), along the South Carolina banks of the Catawba River, from which the Squadron draws its membership, and which it serves in furthering the objectives of the United States Power Squadrons.
The red tepee and blue anchor symbolize the Catawba Indians, whose tribal name the Squadron has adopted, and who were the first explorers and settlers in the Catawba basin. They were known as “ISSA,” which in the Catawba tongue means “people of the river.”
The pennant was designed by world-renowned artist and illustrator, Vernon Grant, and was approved by the United States Power Squadrons on 13 September 1965.
In 2014 the squadron burgee was modified by the inclusion of of the gold border signifying that the squadron has been active for fifty years.