Polaris tartan was designed for the officers and men of the American
Submarine base at the Holy Loch - making the Polaris submarine the first
ship in history to have its own tartan. The idea came from Captain
Walter F Schlech, Commander of the submarine base. It proved very
popular with the men who served there, as it provided a very powerful
symbol of there newly found link with Scotland.
There is some doubt as to
the exact nature of the pattern. The arrangement of stripes between the
yellows is, or should be, blue-sky-blue, but many pictures
show green-blue-green. The Scottish Tartans Authority have it as
MIDN Van Vorst wrote to
House of Tartan, "I was on the original committee establishing the
USNA Pipes and Drums. When we were researching which tartan to use
we discovered that although both Edzell and Polaris had attachments to
the Navy, there is NO official tartan of the U.S. Navy as a whole. We
chose Polaris over Edzell for a number of reasons, thus making Polaris
the only tartan officially in use by an ACTIVE duty Navy unit. Although
there is a pipe band made up of former and Reserve Naval personnel that
uses the Edzell tartan, they are not sanctioned by the U.S. Navy. Your
site is not the only one to list Edzell as belonging to the U.S. Navy.
Hopefully, this has cleared up some confusion."
More to come on this