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Weston Fleet Flag, early 19th century

Weston Fleet Flag, early 19th century
Probably made in Duxbury, Massachusetts
Cotton fabric
DRHS Collections, 2004.358.1
Conservation Funds (2004): Gene & Mattie Ali

In the 19th century, merchant ships identified themselves by carrying a signal or “fleet flag.” These flags, often simple in design and brightly colored, were recognized the world over as they flew atop a ship’s mast.

The Weston’s fleet flag had only been seen in pictures, until this one was discovered in the eaves of the King Caesar House museum’s attic in 2004. Pulled down and properly restored and mounted, it is a testament to King Caesar (Ezra Weston), one of the largest ship builders in America.

You can learn more about Ezra Weston here: http://duxburyhistory.org/historic-houses/king-caesar-house/. His house, the King Caesar House, is open for public visitation.