Serapis Flag (John Paul Jones Flag)

SKU: serapis-12x18in
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Description

The Serapis flag comes printed on all weather 200 denier Nylon and is made in the USA. These flags are made to order. This flag comes in sizes 12x18 in - 5x8 ft.

History of the Serapis Flag

Serapis is a name given to an unconventional, early United States ensign flown from the captured British frigate Serapis.

At the 1779 Battle of Flamborough Head, U.S. Navy Captain John Paul Jones captured the Serapis, but his own ship, the Bonhomme Richard, sank, and her ensign had been blown from the mast into the sea during the battle. Jones, now commanding the Serapis without having a U.S. ensign to fly on it, sailed to the island port of Texel, which belonged to the neutral Dutch United Provinces. Officials from Britain argued that Jones was a pirate, since he sailed a captured vessel flying no known national ensign.

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