American Flag with 15 Vertical Stripes

Question: 

Dear Mr. Herold:
I have recently took notice of a mural in the lobby of the bank where I work. The mural depicts the port town of Oswego NY.  Unsure of the date.  However, one thing did bother me.  I noticed that the mural had been painted over using some sort of new oil based paint.  Not all, just parts.  One of the flags on one of the boats in the harbor had been repainted.  This was about a year ago.  As luck would have it we recently acquired the actual painting that the mural was made from.  I studied the flag in question and found it to be an American Flag with 15 vertical stripes. (7 Red, 8 White)  I can't tell anything about the stars but the blue box is definitely there.  Now I'm guessing that the painter was not very accurate in his depiction of this flag, but I was wondering if you have any thoughts on what this flag might be.  Have you ever seen a red, white and blue American flag with vertical stripes?  I guess I'm just one of those people who likes researching things of this nature.  Any help would be great, thanks.

Jason

Answer: 

Dear Jason:
The US Customs flag and the US Coast Guard Ensign both have vertical stripes.  I don't have information on the dates, since the 15 star flag was our nations second flag in 1820.  Neither flag has the row of stars, they have an eagle in the form of the US Seal.  I have forwarded this to NAVA in case anyone has more information.

I hope this has helped you a little.

Lee L. Herold