The Captain of the transport, his face purple with passion, was rushing towards the jack-staff.
From the stoke-hole to the funnel, from the jack-staff to the rudder, she explored that boat.
Every outward-bound boat had its flag flying at the jack-staff, and sometimes a duplicate on the verge staff astern.
Already he had made out the double stars in the bunting at the jack-staff.
Erect a "jack-staff," to be used as a flag-pole or a mast to rig a square sail on.
Close at hand was a jack-staff upholding an American ensign.
Ten minutes later the steamer is under way again, with no flag on the jack-staff and no black smoke issuing from the chimneys.
That night a fog rolled up from the swamps, and in the morning jack-staff was hid from pilot-house.
Every outward-bound boat had its flag flying at the jack-staff, and sometimes a duplicate on the verge-staff astern.
You marked each one's jack-staff, that rose mast high from the unseen prow, and behind it the boiler deck, high over the boilers.