The National Maritime Museum has acquired the only known extant 18th century Union command flag. HERE'S the story. It was flown on Earl Howe's ship, the Queen Charlotte, at the "Glorious First of June".
The flag shows up nicely in Philille Jacques de Loutherbourg's painting, also at the Museum.
"All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost; the old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.”