merchant ship

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merchant ship (plural merchant ships)

  1. A marine cargo vessel.
    • 1980, Bob Marley, Redemption Song
      Old pirates, yes, they rob I
      Sold I to the merchant ships
      Minutes after they took I
      From the bottomless pit.
    • 2021 February 9, “There are those outstanding final moments in real-life hostage drama Captain Phillips (2013), about the hijacking of a US merchant ship by Somali pirates, in which his traumatised mariner is moved to near-hysteria by his ordeal”, in BBC[1]:

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