Terminology from the Age of Sail

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Ensign: A large standard, banner or flag, hoisted on the ensign-staff. The ensign is used to distinguish the ships of different nations from each other, and to characterise the different squadrons of the navy.

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The Red Ensign as carried by English civil vessels from 1707-1800.
Ensign-staff: A long pole erected over the poop, used to hoist the ensign.

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