One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short flagpole at a ship's bow, on which a jack is flown.
- ‘Navy ships not underway fly the union jack on the jackstaff. The union jack is also flown from a yardarm to denote that a general court-martial is in session.’
- ‘Navy ships not under way also hoist and lower the union jack on the jackstaff, at the ship's bow, and at morning and evening colors.’
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