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Definition of sloop

: a fore-and-aft rigged boat with one mast and a single jib

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What happened on that sloop would both doom Hicks and immortalize him. Bill Daley,, "Rich Cohen’s ‘Last Pirate of New York’ recalls America’s gangster history. But is it truly history?," 5 Sep. 2019 In March 1860, Hicks, a first mate on an oyster sloop, killed his entire crew in the lower bay, made off with money in a dinghy, landed on Staten Island and lighted out. Rich Cohen, WSJ, "The Hidden History of Liberty Island," 11 July 2019 Shortly after daybreak Friday, live-aboard sloops and big power boats began pulling away from the docks on the edge of Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove. New York Times, "Before Hurricane Dorian’s Arrival Comes a Question: Stay or Evacuate?," 30 Aug. 2019 Acknowledging sloop’s five-decade history, those aboard included Allan Aunapu, who was captain of the Clearwater on its maiden voyage in the summer of 1969, and Andy Wallace, a musician and crew member on early sails. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Artists, Activists Call for Action on Climate Change & Social Concerns at Pete Seeger's Clearwater Festival," 16 June 2019 All competitors will race in identical sloops designed by former Balboa Yacht Club Commodore Alan Andrews and built by Westerly Marine in Santa Ana. Daily Pilot Staff,, "Around Town: OC Brew Hee Haw brings beer and music to fair," 11 July 2019 After retiring from Triton Industries in 2005, Wortell focused on outside interests that included woodcarving, collecting nautical artifacts, sailing aboard his 40-foot sloop and spending time with fellow Jaguar automobile enthusiasts. Bob Goldsborough,, "Marvin Wortell, metal fabricating firm owner active with Chicago Maritime Society, dies at 100," 11 June 2019 The Hudson River sloop Clearwater moves forward on the wind. Billboard, "Aboard the Clearwater: Five Decades of Environmental Activism Rooted In Music," 13 June 2018 Jim Jackson, a volunteer deckhand dressed in early 1800s sailor garb, told us the short-lived sloop was built as a commercial vessel in 1811 and carried cargo on the Great Lakes. Brian E. Clark, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tall ship Friends Good Will, lighthouses highlight visit to southwest Michigan," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of sloop

1629, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sloop

Dutch sloep

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English Language Learners Definition of sloop

: a small sailboat with one mast


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: a sailing boat with one mast and a fore-and-aft mainsail and jib

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