merchant ship


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Recent Examples on the Web The shipwrecks were the remains of large, 200-feet-long wooden ships built by the Emergency Fleet Corporation, a wartime organization that led a push to build merchant ships to bolster the American war effort in 1917, then abandoned after the war’s end, according to the commission. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023 The weapons and parts are some of the same the Houthis use to threaten and attack merchant ships in the Red Sea, U.S. officials have said. David K. Li, NBC News, 22 Jan. 2024 But the tide shifted in early January when the Houthis launched a barrage of drones and missiles in response to the U.S. sinking of three Houthi vessels while responding to a distress call from a merchant ship under attack from the rebels. Shannon K. Crawford, ABC News, 15 Jan. 2024 In response to the tragedy, new safety regulations were adopted for merchant ships. Christine Rousselle, Fox News, 1 Sep. 2023 The individual success of Pyxis Ocean is encouraging news, but that’s just one of the 110,000-or-so merchant ships in the world. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 14 Mar. 2024 Based on a single chilling chapter from Bram Stoker's classic novel Dracula, the film tells the terrifying story of the merchant ship Demeter, which was chartered to carry private cargo — fifty unmarked wooden crates — from Carpathia to London. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 13 Aug. 2023 So far, the Biden administration has been trying to chip away at the ability of the Houthis to menace merchant ships and military vessels without killing large numbers of Houthi fighters and commanders, which could potentially unleash even more mayhem into a widening war. Helene Cooper, New York Times, 3 Feb. 2024 The militants have launched nearly 30 attacks on merchant ships in the region since November, linking their actions to the war in Gaza and Western support for Israel. Dan Lamothe, Washington Post, 16 Jan. 2024

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First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of merchant ship was in the 15th century

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“Merchant ship.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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