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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The chief commander of a fleet, of which there are in Britain three grades—admirals, vice-admirals, and rear-admirals, the first displaying his flag on the main mast, the second on the fore, and the third on the mizzen.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Admiral'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/a/admiral.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.