This is the South Carolina Colonial Navy Flag, SC Naval Jack. On October 9th, 1778, American Commissioners in France Benjamin Franklin and John Adams to the ambassador of Naples at the Court of France, 9 October 1778: “Some of the States have vessels of war distinct from those of the United States. For example, the vessels of war of the state of Massachusetts Bay have sometimes a pine tree; and those of the state of South Carolina a rattlesnake in the middle of thirteen stripes. Merchant ships have often only thirteen stripes, but the flag of the United States ordained by Congress is the thirteen stripes and the thirteen stars above described.” We also have descriptions from other sources, and one of our best illustrations is in a book by Rear Admiral Preble, published in the 18th Century.
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