from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A union or other flag hoisted by a vessel as a signal for a pilot.
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Quay bearing between them a stretcher, composed of two broken paddles and part of an old fishing-net, and on the stretcher, covered by a tattered pilot-jack, a small form -- their brother 'Biades
At first they took her for a corvette, her gear being all fitted in regular man-o'-war fashion; but this mistake was instantly corrected upon their noticing that she flew the _red_ ensign from her gaff, in addition to which she showed a burgee with a long name on it at her main-royal mast-head, and the _pilot-jack_ at the fore.