factory ship


: a ship equipped to process a whale or fish catch at sea

Examples of factory ship in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an hour, one factory ship could haul in as much cod, around a hundred tons, as a typical boat of the sixteenth century could land in a season. Robert Kunzig, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Newfoundlanders had otter trawlers now--not factory ships, to be sure, but ships that were large enough to enable them to fish offshore even in bad weather. Robert Kunzig, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 In the 20th century alone, industrial whalers armed with exploding harpoons and factory ships that could process carcasses offshore slaughtered more than two million baleen whales, pushing many populations to near extinction and degrading their ecosystems. Kate Wong, Scientific American, 13 Mar. 2023 By 1930, there were forty-one factory ships in the Southern Ocean, taking nearly thirty thousand blue whales in a single season. Lucy Jakub, Harper's magazine, 2 Mar. 2020 If the store orders directly from the manufacturer, make sure your purchase contract requires the store to provide a copy of its factory invoice for the carpet, showing your name and the style, color and amount of carpet the factory shipped. Kevin Brasler, Washington Post, 9 July 2019 The mother factory ship Nisshin-maru and two support boats that used to go to the Antarctic will travel as far as Japan's 200 nautical mile exclusive economic zone to catch minke, Bryde's and sei whales. Mari Yamaguchi, Anchorage Daily News, 2 July 2019 In some past investigations, the NTSB, such as in the 2008 sinking of the Alaska Ranger factory ship, has reached a different probable cause of the sinking of a vessel. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, 12 July 2018 Last year, American factories shipped barely 300,000 vehicles to China, or about 1 percent of the market. NBC News, 27 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1851, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of factory ship was in 1851

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“Factory ship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factory%20ship. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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