jack staff


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jack staff

[′jak ‚staf]
(naval architecture)
A staff or flagpole attached to the bow of a ship, or the end of a spar projecting from the bow.
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United States Lines' Patriot, for instance, flies a flag at the jack staff (bow) when approaching a port to help show the captain the wind direction.
We should only refer to a Union Jack when talking about a flag hung from the jack staff of a ship.