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enfant perdus01 May 2021 11:31 a.m. PST


Crossposting this to a number of boards as the flags in question cover everything from the War of 1812 to the Spanish-American War.

I find it oddly comforting as a gamer and collector that even the USNA falls victim to the "I know we have it somewhere, I just don't know where it is".

John the OFM01 May 2021 11:52 a.m. PST

I wish they had some "previously undocumented" AWI flags. grin

But you're right. It's like cleaning a closet. "Oh, so that's where that went!"

IronDuke596 Supporting Member of TMP01 May 2021 12:28 p.m. PST

That is most interesting. I wonder if the USNA has a list of these newly re-discovered flags?

John the OFM01 May 2021 12:52 p.m. PST

They did have a list, but they lost it.

enfant perdus01 May 2021 1:54 p.m. PST

No doubt there will be a thorough reexamination to see if what was originally noted is accurate. As the one guy mentions in the video clip, the Macao pirate flag had been incorrectly listed as Korean back in 1913. I expect some at the Academy museum has a lenghty project ahead of them.

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP01 May 2021 2:06 p.m. PST

Don't we have to give them back now ???

Camcleod01 May 2021 5:39 p.m. PST

According to the article the flags were recorded in
"Illustrated Case Inscriptions from the Official Catalogue of the Trophy Flags of the United States Navy" which is available here:

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP02 May 2021 9:59 a.m. PST

That was a very interesting "trip" through the US Navy's 19th century history. Thanks!


Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP02 May 2021 10:31 a.m. PST

Does anyone know if there is any resource showing these flags in COLOR!

Otherwise, the Official Catalog is priceless….


Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP02 May 2021 10:38 a.m. PST

By the by, a few years back there was a similar story about a pair of Korean Flags taken back in 1871 also rediscovered at the Academy. That story was reported with color photos which I made sure to keep.

Anyone else remember?


Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP02 May 2021 10:49 a.m. PST

Okay, this IS the same story, only with the video attached.

Still want to know if color photos have as yet been taken for public display in the four years since this story broke.

T….ah, you know…

enfant perdus02 May 2021 10:54 a.m. PST

Wow, I didn't even look at the date on the article. Trust the "Crab wrapper" to recycle a four year old story on their main page!

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