To put to sea

(Naut.) to set sail; to begin a voyage; to advance into the ocean.

See also: Put

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Several had departure signals, and were preparing to put to sea at morning tide; for in this immense and admirable port there is not one day in a hundred that vessels do not set out for every quarter of the globe.
The men had built a boat from the wreckage of the galleon, but having no idea where the island was located they had not dared to put to sea.
The Battle of Jutland is considered to be the only major naval battle of the Great War.Though our navy lost more men and ships, the historical verdict is that the German Navy suffered a strategic defeat and was never in a position again to put to sea during the war.
It is heart-rending to read of children facing robbery and torture and death even before they reach boats that are not fit to put to sea.
The Irish Coast Guard said a crack had been spotted in Rotterdam but it was deemed safe to put to sea.
Given the inexperience of the owner and the fact the vessel had just been purchased, it was quite foolhardy to put to sea with two young children an hour before dark.
He added: "This incident illustrates the need to put to sea well prepared."
As a precaution, Patriot surface-to-air missiles are being deployed in coastal regions of Akita and Iwate prefectures, north of Tokyo, while two Maritime Self-Defence Force destroyers are expected to put to sea from the naval base at Sasebo, near Nagasaki, in the near future and take up station in the Sea of Japan.
They do not expect to be able to put to sea again until tomorrow, with weathermen predicting similar winds today.
"Clearly, they have learned nothing from their previous experience and continue to put to sea in vessels which are not equipped to be out during the hours of darkness.
"His legacy will endure for as long as we have a Navy to put to sea."