fire ship

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fire ship

n.
A military vessel loaded with combustible material, set on fire, and set adrift to destroy enemy ships or fortifications.

fire ship

n
1. (Nautical Terms) a vessel loaded with explosives and used, esp formerly, as a bomb by igniting it and directing it to drift among an enemy's warships

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n.
a vessel loaded with ignited combustibles and set adrift to destroy an enemy's ships or constructions.
[1580–90]
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Noun1.fire ship - a weapon consisting of a ship carrying explosives that is set adrift to destroy enemy shipsfire ship - a weapon consisting of a ship carrying explosives that is set adrift to destroy enemy ships
weapon, weapon system, arm - any instrument or instrumentality used in fighting or hunting; "he was licensed to carry a weapon"
References in classic literature ?
So seemed it to me, as I stood at her helm, and for long hours silently guided the way of this fire-ship on the sea.
Then the smoke of their fire-ships was seen at the mouth of our rivers, and their great men came in boats full of soldiers to talk to us of protection and peace.
With his explosion vessels and fire-ships at the Basque Roads, he reduced the French fleet to an array of stranded hulls.