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MERCHANTMAN. A ship or vessel employed in a merchant's service. This term is used in opposition to a ship of war.

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He vividly describes corsair tactics, how at dawn they would lie dead still in the water waiting for their pray; when they spotted a ship on the horizon, they would set sail, ostensibly just a fellow merchantman on the same course.
52) Between October and November 2008, one in three pirate attacks resulted in a captured merchantman, while the pirates' March 2009 success rate is only one in seven.
On November 12, the Panamian registry merchantman SS Buchanan was torpedoed by U-224.
Ultimately they are conveyed on "a merchantman named the John Hobart, making for Bristol with a cargo of cotton and indigo" (p.
The American full-rigged merchantman is shown progressively shortening sail in three positions off the "North End" of Liverpool's waterfront.
Thomas Riddell commanded the merchantman Admiral Pocock (632 tons, launched 1758) on hire to the East India Company for three voyages in 1761-2, 1766-7 [1767-8?
Racing Demon, had skirted the previous two fences, but he jumped this one, only to jink violently to his right and smash full tilt into Chilling Place amidships, like a hard-grafting merchantman being taken out by a torpedo on the North Atlantic convoys.
My father went there by accident, aboard a ship when he was a merchantman.
The Ma'agan Michael Ship: The Recovery of a 2400-Year-Old Merchantman.
As an unescorted merchantman sailing U-boat infested waters, Dunedin Star's passage was, at best, a risky undertaking.
Bellipotent stops the Scottish merchantman The Rights of Man (the Scots were inclined to radicalism) and presses into the British Navy, the Handsome Sailor Billy Budd, a welkin-eyed innocent whose natural goodness had spread a hal-cyon calm and kindness among his roughneck shipmates.
After many months of delay, the party left the Bahamas and landed first in Canada, where the Governor provided for their passage to England on the merchantman 'Dorchester', reaching Plymouth in October 1790 and onto London.