merchant ship

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Recent Examples on the Web Tensions rose even further on Tuesday, when an Emirati merchant ship was briefly boarded by Iranian gunmen off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, according to recordings of the crew obtained by The Associated Press. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Aug. 2021 Tensions rose even further on Tuesday, when an Emirati merchant ship was briefly boarded by Iranian gunmen off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, according to recordings of the crew obtained by The Associated Press. New York Times, 4 Aug. 2021 Williams’ interpretation is based on his study of fast-moving events that began in early July 1793, when Genêt challenged Washington’s neutrality by converting a merchant ship into an armed privateer that would launch attacks from American ports. Shaun Assael, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 June 2021 The two were accused of firing on the fishermen after mistaking them for pirates off the coast of the southern Indian state of Kerala while assigned to a merchant ship. Washington Post, 15 June 2021 The merchant ship Waimarama fell victim to a fate common to most of the civilian vessels. Jonathan W. Jordan, WSJ, 11 June 2021 As Ian Sample reports for the Guardian, researchers suspect that the device numbered among the items on a merchant ship that was sunk in a storm in the first century B.C., en route to Rome from Asia Minor. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Mar. 2021 Iran recently began operating the 22-year-old former merchant ship Saviz as a mothership for speedboats. David Axe, Forbes, 2 June 2021 In response to an attack on the U.S. merchant ship by Tripoli, Jefferson dispatched three frigates and a schooner to the Mediterranean. David F. Eisner, National Review, 31 May 2021

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First Known Use of merchant ship

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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20 Aug 2021

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“Merchant ship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merchant%20ship. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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