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Definition of ketch

: a fore-and-aft rigged vessel similar to a yawl but with a larger mizzen sail and with the mizzenmast stepped farther forward

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Recent Examples on the Web Unlike its more visible protest cohorts, the Golden Rule is a 34-foot wooden ketch that embarked on its first anti-nuclear arms protest in 1958. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Feb. 2022 That year, a crew of mostly Quaker activists sailed to Hawaii aboard the ketch with the goal of interfering with U.S. atmospheric nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands. Jessica Flores, San Francisco Chronicle, 3 June 2021 The 282-foot Aquijo might be the largest high-performance sailing ketch in the world, but that wasn’t the primary goal of its design. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 12 Mar. 2021 London designed his dream boat, a 55-foot wooden ketch, and departed San Francisco in 1907 with his wife, Charmian, and a woefully inexperienced crew. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, 9 Sep. 2020 The deployment of hospital ships dates back almost to America’s birth, when the bomb ketch vessel U.S.S. Intrepid was converted in 1803 to treat wounded troops during the Barbary Wars, according to a Navy history of hospital ships. Geoff Ziezulewicz, New York Times, 8 Apr. 2020 The first, the USS Intrepid, was a ketch that became a medical boat in 1804 and was in service for just three months. Rob Verger, Popular Science, 24 Mar. 2020 Her 74 days of maritime solitude were broken at the harbor entrance when a fleet of yachts met her 31-foot ketch Sear Sharp II with welcoming sirens and horns. San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2019 This year's fleet ranges from British businessman Sir Peter Harrison's 115ft ketch Sojana and superfast Volvo 70 Warrior to 20ft open keel boats. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, 27 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of ketch

circa 1649, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ketch

alteration of catch, from Middle English cache

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: a fore-and-aft rigged ship with two masts

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