Bomb ketch

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(Naut.) a small ketch or vessel, very strongly built, on which mortars are mounted to be used in naval bombardments; - called also mortar vessel.
See under Bomb.

See also: Bomb, Ketch

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Originally built as a bomb ketch for Napoleon's 1798 invasion of Egypt, the small vessel had been purchased by Tripolitan merchants and converted to a commercial vessel; now, it easily blended with local craft.