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The Ensign (USPS magazine)

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Editor  Yvonne Hill
Publisher  Mary Catherine Berube
Country  United States
Frequency  Quarterly
First issue  December 1914
Company  United States Power Squadrons

The Ensign magazine is the official publication of the United States Power Squadrons (or USPS). All active members and apprentice/Sea Scout members of USPS receive a subscription unless they opt out. Published at USPS headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina, The Ensign covers topics of interest to USPS members and other boating enthusiasts.

The Ensign was launched in 1914 and is published quarterly. Most articles are written by USPS members, and all are edited by a professional staff. Each issue contains two to four feature articles related to boating or USPS. Regular columns and departments in The Ensign are

  • Bridge–a message from a member of the USPS national Bridge
  • Soundings–letters to the editor
  • Provisions–new-product briefs
  • Stargazer–stargazing article and calendar
  • Currents–USPS calendar and news
  • Scorecard–boating product review
  • Shipshape–in-depth technical articles, how-to tips and safety information
  • Ship's Library–book reviews
  • Waypoints–local squadron news and activities
  • Last Horizon–listing of recently deceased USPS members
  • Bitter End–photos, contests, puzzles, nautical quotes and trivia, and stories behind members' boat names
  • Author Marlin Bree has twice won the West Marine Writer’s Award, the top writing award from Boating Writers International, for feature articles published in The Ensign. He won the 2004 award for “A Solo Sailor Meets His Storm of the Century: The Day All Hell Broke Loose,” which appeared in the June 2003 issue. Bree also won the 2008 award for “The Old Man and the Inland Sea,” which was published in the January–February 2007 issue.


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