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    ‘The Court-Martial gun (known unofficially as the “Rogue’s Salute” or a “One-gun salute”) is the signal gun fired at ‘Colours’ on the morning of the day on which a naval court-martial has been ordered to assemble. A Union flag is flown from the peak halliards (at the yard arm in a single-masted ship) while the Court is sitting.’

    This is listed by Wilfred Granville in his Sea Slang of the 20th Century (Winchester 1949), but not found in W. H. Smyth’s Sailor’s Word-Book (London 1867, facsimile London 2005), or Peter Kemp’s The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea (London 1976, new edition Oxford 2006).