Boarding-pike

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Boarding-pike a pike used in boarding a ship, or in defending it when attacked
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bord, a board, the side of a ship; Ice. borĂ°, the side of a ship: conn. either with Bear or with Broad.

Usage

In literature:

They were all strongly armed, but like a boarding party, with pikes, swords, cutlasses, and axes.
"The Perils of Certain English Prisoners" by Charles Dickens
The guns were loaded and cast loose, and the men went to quarters armed with muskets, boarding-pikes, and cutlases.
"Hero Tales From American History" by Henry Cabot Lodge, and Theodore Roosevelt
As for Mr. Pike himself, he is the highest-spirited, best-conditioned man on board.
"The Mutiny of the Elsinore" by Jack London
The whaling-pike is similar to a frigate's boarding-weapon of the same name.
"Moby Dick; or The Whale" by Herman Melville
The sentiment of Schot prevailed, and all hands stood on deck, ready with boarding-pikes and grappling-irons.
"The Rise of the Dutch Republic, Volume II.(of III) 1566-74" by John Lothrop Motley
Boarding pikes and cutlasses were ranged along by the bulwarks.
"The Tiger of Mysore" by G. A. Henty
Then the crew were exercised with boarding pike and cutlass.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
But here a muscular sailor, with a boarding pike, promptly forbade his passage by putting the pike across the door way.
"Dulcibel" by Henry Peterson
Mr O'Neil, please serve out the cutlasses and boarding-pikes.
"The Ghost Ship" by John C. Hutcheson
Now you shall see them go through their drill with the boarding pikes, and see how smart I have made them.
"The Ocean Cat's Paw" by George Manville Fenn
A dozen boarding-pikes were also found and served out to the men.
"The Three Lieutenants" by W.H.G. Kingston
We procured also four small brass guns, with some muskets, pistols, boarding-pikes, and cutlasses.
"The Cruise of the Dainty" by William H. G. Kingston
Boarding pikes were arranged so as to be easily seized if wanted.
"Paddy Finn" by W. H. G. Kingston
Instead of tea, we knocked off, with the boarding-pikes, lumps of ice, which we ate, and found perfectly fresh.
"Peter the Whaler" by W.H.G. Kingston
They had also fire-arms, spears, and boarding-pikes; indeed were in every way well prepared for fighting.
"Roger Willoughby" by William H. G. Kingston
We chucked our shoes below, and got the cutlasses, boarding pikes, and pistols ready.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
We received them with all the honours of war, in the shape of cutlasses, pistols, and boarding pikes but they were very determined.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
They had, long before, made every preparation; the cutlasses had been ground, the boarding-pikes sharpened, and the pistols loaded and primed.
"At Aboukir and Acre" by George Alfred Henty
Some of the French ships were carried with the cutlass and boarding pike, but fire was the chief weapon used by both sides.
"The Book of Buried Treasure" by Ralph D. Paine
Each man hacked, and hewed, and wielded his boarding-pike as if the whole fight depended upon his single exertions.
"Sturdy and Strong" by G. A. Henty
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In poetry:

The Caroline was a cruiser craft;
Rochon had raked her fore and aft,
With cannon and with carronade,
And had boarded her with pike and blade,
Had pillaged and sunk her; only the mate
Was left to tell of his vessel's fate.
"Old Rochon" by Maurice Thompson

In news:

On Jan 12, the following questions were e-mailed to Sharon L Brown, chairwoman of the Board of Commissioners of the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department .
The Pike County Conservation District Board will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson 's book Silent Spring at their annual dinner November 8.
Carbon-Pike-Monroe Mental Health and Development Services Advisory Board meeting will be held at 7 pm Monday, Nov 26, at the MH/DS Administrative Conference Room, 724 Phillips St, Suite 202, Stroudsburg.
With those two simple words, dozens of people from around the world board the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway.
The Arlington County board voted in favor of an ambitious, $249-million plan, to bring streetcars to Columbia Pike .
The former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region, Dr Wes Metzler, will be honored with a resolution recognizing his service by the El Paso Board of County Commissioners.
Both are fishing guides and are on the Minnesota State DNR Esocid Board, responsible for managing the stocking and regulations for muskie and northern pike.
The Enterprise-Journal reports Magnolia aldermen accepted a new air zone ordinance from the McComb-Pike County Airport board during a meeting last week.
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