merchant ship

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merchant ship

A vessel engaged in mercantile trade except river craft, estuarial craft, or craft which operate solely within harbor limits.
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Noun1.merchant ship - a cargo shipmerchant ship - a cargo ship; "they did much of their overseas trade in foreign bottoms"
cargo ship, cargo vessel - a ship designed to carry cargo
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(ˈməːtʃənt) noun
a trader, especially wholesale, in goods of a particular kind. timber/tea/wine merchants.
merchant marine/navy/service
the ships of a country that are employed in trading, and their crews. His son has joined the merchant navy.
merchant ship
a ship involved in trade.
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There is no order more noisily given or taken up with lustier shouts on board a homeward-bound merchant ship than the command, "Man the windlass
The getting of your anchor was a noisy operation on board a merchant ship of yesterday - an inspiring, joyous noise, as if, with the emblem of hope, the ship's company expected to drag up out of the depths, each man all his personal hopes into the reach of a securing hand - the hope of home, the hope of rest, of liberty, of dissipation, of hard pleasure, following the hard endurance of many days between sky and water.
I took leave of my wife, and boy and girl, with tears on both sides, and went on board the Adventure, a merchant ship of three hundred tons, bound for Surat, captain John Nicholas, of Liverpool, commander.
Upon inquiry we found it was a French merchant ship of three- hundred tons, home-bound from Quebec.
Her husband had been a captain of a merchant ship, and having had the misfortune to be cast away coming home on a voyage from the West Indies, which would have been very profitable if he had come safe, was so reduced by the loss, that though he had saved his life then, it broke his heart, and killed him afterwards; and his widow, being pursued by the creditors, was forced to take shelter in the Mint.
Their great merchant ships plied back and forth between the larger cities of the two nations.
It is believed the dhow was hijacked by suspected pirates so they could use it as a base, or mother ship, from which to launch attacks against merchant ships many hundreds of miles from Somalia.
On the very same day, another merchant ship was approached but not attacked far to the east in the Gulf of Oman off the Iranian port of Chabahar.
Jarreh noted that the merchant ship received some damage as a result of the clash with the pirates, thus the fleet's repairmen took care of the damages, and the ship was escorted by the fleet.
More than a year ago, the Iranian Navy reported engaging in a 36-hour battle with pirates over one merchant ship, making it one of the longest battles in the history of naval warfare.
At first the job of manning the guns on merchant ships fell largely to naval reservists of the Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships (DEMS) - an organisation set up by the Admiralty at the start of the war.
While 18 crew members were lifted to shore by a navy chopper, 12 were rescued and shifted to a merchant ship which is now anchored off Mumbai harbor.

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