“An Appeal to Heaven.” Our Washington Cruisers flag is an American-made replica of the exact same flag that our first president, George Washington, commissioned to use on his small navy during the early days of the American Revolutionary War. Celebrate the greatest Founding Father and the most important conflict in America’s history with this quality Washington Cruisers flag!
OUR WASHINGTON CRUISERS FLAG
Our Washington Cruisers flag is made of 100% lightweight nylon with weather resistance in mind. It’ll fly gracefully in a light breeze, and will dry quickly thanks to the properties of 200 denier nylon. Thanks to a tough, heat-resistant, high-quality digital screen printing process this flag will last long in the sun.
It’ll stay attached to your outdoor flagpole with its durable canvas header with brass grommets. Our American made Washington Cruiser flags are:
- American-made, authentic 1775 design
- 100% nylon
- Sturdy canvas header with brass grommets
- Long-lasting print
WASHINGTON CRUISERS FLAG HISTORY
At the start of the American Revolution, George Washington knew his navy would pale in comparison to that of the British, the greatest in the world. Washington, and America, still persisted, against great odds.
The Pine Tree served as an apt symbol for the early revolutionaries: the White Pine had long been over-harvested by the British in New England, and that over-logging led to a major riot amongst colonists - one that was put down with blood. The “An Appeal to Heaven” motto was chosen as a callback to the “right of revolution” against a tyrannical ruler. The flag was designed by Col. Joseph Reed, a subordinate of Washington, in 1775.
The Washington Cruisers flag lives on in the flag of Maine, featuring the New England white pine.
Other DetailsIn September 1775, the Americans launched two strong floating batteries on the Charles River, Massachusetts, and in the following month they opened fire on the enemy in Boston. In October, Washington also commissioned two schooners, the Lynch and the Franklin, to cruise the Bay. When speaking of these schooners, Col. Joseph Reed, Washington's secretary, in a letter from Cambridge, Mass. to Colonels Glover and Moyland, dated October 20, 1775, said
"Please fix upon some particular color for a flag, and a signal by which our vessels may know one another. What do you think of a flag with a white ground and a tree in the middle, the motto 'AN APPEAL TO HEAVEN' - this is the flag of our floating batteries."