admiral n Cp OED ~ sb 4 'privileged commander of a fishing or merchant
fleet' (1708-) DC (Nfld: 1620-) for sense 2; OED 5, SMYTH 20 for sense 3.
1 The master of an English fishing vessel, chosen weekly to
exercise jurisdiction over European fishermen in a Newfoundland harbour.
[(1578) 1895 PROWSE 34-5 The English are commonly lords of the
harbour where they fish, and use all strangers' help in fishing if need require,
according to an old custom of the country, which thing they do willingly, so that you
take nothing from them more than a boat or two of salt in respect of your protection of
them against rovers or other violent intruders, who do often put them from good
harbours.)  1940 Gilbert's Voyages & Enterprises, ii, 400-1 We found
also the Frigate or Squirrill lying at anker. Whom the English marchants (that
were & alwaies be Admirals by turnes interchangeably over the fleetes of fishermen
within the same harbor) would not permit to enter... The manner is in their fishing,
every weeke to choose their Admirall a new, or rather they succeede in orderly course,
and have weekely their Admirals feast solemnized.
master of the first English fishing vessel to reach a cove or harbour, exercising certain
privileges for the season; FISHING ADMIRAL. Freq in comb admiral's beach, ~ cove, ~
 1954 INNIS 56 The 'admiral'of each harbor
was allowed only the beach and flakes needed for the number of boats 'that he shall use
with an overplus, only for one boat more than he hath.' 1620 WHITBOURNE 21 It is well
knowne, that they which adventure to New-found-land a fishing, begin to dresse and
provide their ships ready commonly in the moneths of December, January, and February, and
are ready to set foorth at See in those voyages neare the end of February. . . And thus
they doe, striving to be there first in Harbour, to obtaine the name of Admirall that
yeere; and so, to have the chiefest place to make their fish on. 1963 YONGE 56 Mr
Waymouth. (who is Admiral [at Renews] and always wore a flagstaff, Sundays a flag, and is
called my Lord, the vice-admiral my Lady) had a chyrurgeon.  ibid 132-3 We took the
lower Admiral's place [in St John's) for half our boats; the other half we kept at
Petty-Harbour. 1699 Act of Wm III, 10 & 11 That (according to the Ancient
Custom there used) every such Fishing Ship from England, Wales or Berwick, or such
Fishermen as shall from and after the said Twenty fifth Day of March, first enter any
Harbour or Creek in Newfoundland, in behalf of his Ship, shall be Admiral of the said
Harbour or Creek during that Fishing Season.  1895 PROWSE 271 One storehouse on
admiral's room. 1818 CHAPPELL 111 According to a curious old custom, the sum of sixty
pounds sterling is annually bestowed upon the master of that vessel which may chance to
arrive first at Forteau, in the beginning of the year; and the person who receives the
reward is dignified by the title Admiral of the Fishery for the ensuing season.
Where there are no commissioned magistrates, it is the duty of this individual to take
cognizance of offences.  1975 WHITELEY 42 Two days afterwards ... the Admiral
Captain Templeton entered my frame [and] kept me from taking my seals. 1837 BLUNT 19
There is however a secure place for boats within a point behind the Admiral's Stage. 1951
Nfld & Lab Pilot, i, 192 Admiral cove, on the eastern side of Grand Bank head,
affords anchorage, to vessels with local knowledge.
first English fishing vessel to reach a harbour in a season.
 1971 BANKS 150 In Every harbour the First arriving Ship is
admiral of the harbour her Captain administering Justice tho with Frequent Appeals to the
[Governor]. 1793 REEVES 8 The ship that first entered the harbour was to be admiral. 1828
MCGREGOR 244 The English ships, however, from this period, were considered the largest
and best vessels; and soon became and continued to be the admirals.
4 The oldest man in a community; cp SKIPPER (1896 Dial
Notes i, 377).
[c1894] PANL P4/14, p. 197 At Heart's Ease, the
oldest man of the settlement is called the admiral, and right pleased and
proud he is of the title.