merchant ship

noun

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Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, a search for shipping containers that fell off a merchant ship during a storm led to the discovery of a historic 16th-century shipwreck. Fox News, "'Sensational' 16th-century shipwreck discovered, may be famous galleon," 23 June 2020 Facing a massive increase in merchant ship destruction, Allied forces created a system of convoys, whereby warships escorted merchant and neutral ships to protect them from U-boats, writes Louise Bruton for the British Library. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian Magazine, "Wreck of U-Boat Sunk Off English Coast During WWI Explored for the First Time," 10 Aug. 2020 He also was involved in the successful military recapture of the American merchant ship Mayaguez in May 1975 after a group of Cambodian communists seized the vessel. Washington Post, "Brent Scowcroft, key national security adviser to two presidents, dies at 95," 7 Aug. 2020 The average size was around 80 men, many more than the usual crew of a merchant ship, which often counted no more than 20. National Geographic, "Ahoy! It's the real pirates of the Caribbean—and the Carolinas," 2 July 2020 Divers have been attempting to locate the merchant ship since the 1970s. Fox News, "'Sensational' 16th-century shipwreck discovered, may be famous galleon," 23 June 2020 An intrepid young woman journeys with her half-sister and captain brother-in-law aboard a Nova Scotia merchant ship to the South Seas in 1912. Monitor Reviewers, The Christian Science Monitor, "The 10 best books of June bring hope and insight," 22 June 2020 Also this year, a search for shipping containers that fell off a merchant ship during a storm led to the discovery of a historic 16th-century shipwreck off the Dutch coast. Fox News, "Mysterious shipwreck spotted, may be merchant ship sunk by U-boat during WW II," 16 Sep. 2019 Divers in Norway have discovered the wreck of an 18th-century Dutch merchant ship that has eluded searchers for decades. Fox News, "Wreck of 18th-century ship that sank 'in dubious circumstances' discovered after 40-year search," 29 Oct. 2019

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Merchant ship.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/merchant%20ship. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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