\ ˈkech How to pronounce ketch (audio) \

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 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, "Set sail with these 10 books about epic ocean voyages," 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, "How long have the U.S.N.S. Mercy and the Comfort been around?," 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, "The huge hospital ships deploying to Los Angeles and New York used to be oil tankers," 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, "From the Archives: In 1969 San Diego greeted woman who sailed Pacific Ocean alone," 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, "Antigua Sailing Week: Serious sailing, serious fun," 27 Apr. 2018 Instead, Veterans For Peace and other volunteers spent five years restoring the wooden-hull ketch. Jeanette Steele,, "'Peace boat' sails into San Diego Bay to protest Fleet Week parade," 13 Sep. 2017

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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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The first known use of ketch was circa 1649

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“Ketch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of ketch

: a type of sailboat that has two masts


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Kids Definition of ketch

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

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