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Merchant marine   /mˈərtʃənt mərˈin/   Listen
Merchant marine

The crew of a merchant vessel.
Conveyance provided by the ships belonging to one country or industry.  Synonyms: cargo ships, merchant vessels, shipping.

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"Merchant marine" Quotes from Famous Books

... of the war had soon exhausted the lists of regular officers and the few thousand seamen that had been trained in the service, and large drafts of officers and men were made upon the merchant marine as well as big hauls of green landsmen who had never dreamt of salt water; and First Lieutenant Perkins, as the only regular officer on board except the captain, soon found himself an exceeding busy man in organizing, disciplining, drilling, and shaping into place ...
— The Bay State Monthly - Volume 1, Issue 4 - April, 1884 • Various

... last birthday. I was in the merchant marine for upwards of eighty years, and then became a Swedenborgian, but never had occasion to consult an oculist. I was born in the reign of George II., or was it Queen Anne?—I really forget which. My wife is 163, and we walk out, when weather permits, and seldom omit church on ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, June 17, 1914 • Various

... receiving apparatus is fixed on only some 650 steamers of the merchant marine, these being mostly the first-class passenger liners. There is no question that it should be installed, along with wireless apparatus, on every ship of over 1000 tons gross tonnage. Equally important is the provision of signalling apparatus on board ships: it is obviously just ...
— The Loss of the SS. Titanic • Lawrence Beesley

... navy. This, to my mind, makes the new ship-purchase bill, or something like it, necessary. Else our navy, when it comes to the scratch, will be of no fighting value, however big it be. It's the price we've got to pay for not having built up a merchant marine. And we haven't built up a merchant marine because we've had no foreign consciousness. While our Irishmen have been leading us to twist the Lion's tail, we've been depending almost wholly on English ships—and, in late years, on ...
— The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II • Burton J. Hendrick

... declined to fight with the strong and the armed, but who had taken every opportunity to kill the weak and the defenseless. The British sailors could not forget, and they say they never will, the barbarous treatment of their brothers in the merchant marine by the German U-boats. There was therefore none of the sympathy and the fraternization that usually has accompanied ...
— Winning a Cause - World War Stories • John Gilbert Thompson and Inez Bigwood

Words linked to "Merchant marine" :   transport, crew, conveyance, merchant vessels, shipping, cargo ships

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