jack staff



a flagstaff at the bow of a vessel, on which a jack is flown.

Origin of jack staff

First recorded in 1685–95
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Examples from the Web for jack staff

Historical Examples of jack staff

  • From the stoke-hole to the funnel, from the jack-staff to the rudder, she explored that boat.

  • Already he had made out the double stars in the bunting at the jack-staff.

    Ray's Daughter

    Charles King

  • Close at hand was a jack-staff upholding an American ensign.

    "Forward, March"

    Kirk Munroe

  • Ten minutes later the steamer is under way again, with no flag on the jack-staff and no black smoke issuing from the chimneys.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Every outward-bound boat had its flag flying at the jack-staff, and sometimes a duplicate on the verge staff astern.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)