||William Falconer's Dictionary of the Marine
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FACTOR to To FALL a-stern
To FALL calm to FETCHING the pump
FID to FIRE-SHIP
FISH to To FLAT-IN
To FLAT-IN FORWARD to FLUSH
FLY of an ensign to FORE-CASTLE
FORE-CAT-HARPINS to FORE-STAY
FORE-TOP to FOTHERING
FOUL to FRESH
To FRESHEN the bawse to FUTTOCK-SHROUDS
FLAGFLAG, (pavilion, Fr. flag, Dutch) a certain banner or standard, by which an admiral is distinguished at sea from the inferior ships of his squadron; also the colours by which one nation is distinguished from another.
The first flag in Great Britain is the royal standard, which is only to be hoisted when the king or queen are aboard the vessel: the second is that of the anchor of hope, which characterises the lord high admiral, or lords commissioners of the admiralty: and the third is the union flag, in which the crosses of St. George and St. Andrew are blended. This last is appropriated to the admiral of the fleet, who is the first military officer under the lord high admiral.
When a flag is displayed from the flag-staff on the main-mail, the officer distinguished thereby is known to be an admiral; when from the fore-mast, a vice-admiral; and when from the mizen-mast, a rear admiral.
© Derived from Thomas Cadell's new corrected edition, London: 1780, page 129, 2004
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