Origin of ensign staff
Examples from the Web for ensign staff
When she struck, a number of men climbed up the ensign-staff, under an apprehension of her immediately going to pieces.
For a moment the ensign-staff shook in his hands, as if whipped by a gale.Fort Amity|Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
When she struck, a number of the men climbed up the ensign-staff, under an apprehension of her immediately going to pieces.Reprinted Pieces|Charles Dickens
A large flag or banner, hoisted on a long pole erected over the stern, and called the ensign-staff.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
But strength beginning to fail, he was satisfied of the necessity of some respite, when he fell in with part of the ensign-staff.