But strength beginning to fail, he was satisfied of the necessity of some respite, when he fell in with part of the ensign-staff.
A large flag or banner, hoisted on a long pole erected over the stern, and called the ensign-staff.
For a moment the ensign-staff shook in his hands, as if whipped by a gale.
Also, the small rope to which a flag is fastened, to hoist it to the mast-head, or head of the ensign-staff.
In large vessels it is an additional aftermost mast; thus any sail set on the ensign-staff would be a jigger.
Thus, at the ensign-staff, it signifies that a man has fallen overboard; if no ensign-staff exists, then half-way up the peak.
When she struck, a number of men climbed up the ensign-staff, under an apprehension of her immediately going to pieces.
When she struck, a number of the men climbed up the ensign-staff, under an apprehension of her immediately going to pieces.