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Sometimes written as pegy-, pygy-, or pege-mast, occasionally a short mast or, more usually, a yard, to which a pennon was attached in very early warships. It was current during the 15th century but had fallen into disuse by the mid-16th century with the increased size of ships and consequently the increased number of places from which a pennon could be flown. In the accounts of the Lord High Treasurer for Scotland for 1496, there is an entry for ‘one barel of pyk (pitch) and one pegy mast to the said schip’.

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