First of all there there should be a wake around the ship yes… however I have seen actuall movie footage of the ship taken with Edison film in 1900, and the shape of the ship leaves very little wake to be seen. Though there should be some.
Second, the flag believe it or not should be correct. I got it from a historical website though I did not count the stars myself.
I developed some different water
But it must be done in Yafray, due to blender not handeling the mirror/translucency/alpha + layers properly. The water in the picture shown was a first try and does not show properly at different angles or higher resolutions. The major problem with all of the water I have seen is that if you actually go to the ocean and look down into the shadows. The water is not blue. The blue is the reflection from the sky. So I recreated the water the way it should work.
I then attempted to redefine all of my materials using Yafray, without realizing that my 1.5G memory and 2G swap would not be enough to render this model using Yafray.
I can’t composite it because of the problems with the shadows being incorrect as I mentioned earlier.
So it will wait…