from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A lantern carried at night on the taffrail to denote a flagship, or to serve as a signal.
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This has three windows directly under the big poop-lantern.
Hazledine in full rig, cocked hat and sword -- he was a lieutenant then as composed as possible, smoking a cigar, which, it appeared, he had got up there for the purpose of lighting at the huge glass lamp, as big as a seventy-four's poop-lantern.
We lacked neither fish, beef, nor mutton; though it is true, that the carcasses of the sheep, after having been dressed by the butcher and hung up under the half-deck, gave us the consolation of knowing, that whilst there was a single one on board, we should never be in want of a poop-lantern, so delicately thin and transparent were the teguments that united the ribs.
The night was very dark, and the Lion was the only ship which carried a poop-lantern, so that the parting company of the Dort was not perceived by the admiral and the other ships of the fleet.
a gilt crescent in the middle of the blood-red standard that floated over her central poop-lantern; and a chill struck to her heart -- for the thought of African pirates flashed to her mind!