Naval captain Yuri Lisianskii drew a harbor scene in Alaska about 1805. It was engraved in England for an edition of his book.

Engraving of harbor scene

(High-res version)

In the image, from left to right, there are flags flying on a building, a ship, and a fort. The flag on the building is the simple tricolor of Peter the Great that Russia uses today. The flag on the ship is the ensign of the Imperial Navy. However, after comparing to other Russian flags and the flag of the Russian-American Company, I can't identify the third one.

Blow-up view of mystery flag

What's that flag?

  • Hmmmm - isn’t Peter the Great’s flag White ?top stripe, Blue center stripe, Red bottom stripe? Thus picture has the red and blue inverted.... regardless, no idea on the one in question. – Kerry L Dec 6 '18 at 22:14
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    If you turn this flag diagonally, you get the Russian Jack and Fortress flag, which would have flown from 1700-1917. – justCal Dec 6 '18 at 23:03
  • Observations: 1) The rigging on the ships is exquisitely detailed - so I presume the irregularities and brown banks of the depicted blue cross is intentional - suggesting that it represents 4 streams. 2) That's a moosehead in the upper right! Could this be a temporary flag for the Russian American Company, prior to adoption of its official flag in 1806 (the following year)](en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_the_Russian-American_Company)? – Pieter Geerkens Dec 7 '18 at 3:56
  • Regina Lindholm's design is a curious twin – LangLangC Dec 7 '18 at 10:16

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