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Anchorage, Alaska (U.S.)

Last modified: 2005-12-17 by rick wyatt
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Although the Anchorage, Alaska, municipal web site ( does not display a city flag, or indeed even mention the existence of such a thing, I have received reliable information from Mayor Bill Botelho of Juneau, Alaska, that there is indeed an Anchorage flag. Mayor Botelho merely states that it consists of a large anchor prominently displayed, but he provides no information as to its background, etc. As the Anchorage Web Site does depict a large blue anchor with a golden sailing ship flying what appears to be a Russian ensign impaled upon the shank of the anchor as its municipal seal, I would guess that it is this emblem used as a LOB which constitutes the Anchorage flag, although Mayor Botelho provided no details regarding the color of the flag itself. However, the Anchorage municipal authorities have not responded to any of my requests for further information regarding either the seal or the flag.
Ron Lahav, 16 April 2004

Having been a former resident, it is simply the seal of the city (featuring the anchor) on a yellow field.
David C. Fowler, 16 April 2004

The ship probably isn't a Russian ship, but is more likely specifically the HMS Resolution, a British ship under the control of the famous Captain James Cook on his final voyage of exploration in the Pacific. The city of Anchorage gets its name because Captain Cook anchored adjacent to where the city center is now located. He wrote "anchorage" on his maps. It is a very interesting story (which I won't include here), and explains many of the unusual geographic names in the area.
Michael Wilson, 17 May 2004