All my extended Malpass kin are from the Wilmington area and I know the flag is stored at the Cape Fear museum located near by. I am planning a trip down there (I live in Virginia) this fall to photograph parts of the flag if they will let me. My theory is that the flag was made in England and smuggled through the blockade. Besides the canton being blue it is also rectangular which conforms more to the way the English navy made their flags. If I can get some good photos of the flag that details its construction hopefully Greg, Tom and the other experts can help us determine its origin.