Fire raft


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Fire raft a raft laden with combustibles, used for setting fire to an enemy's ships.
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In literature:

He took careful aim at the group of dark forms on the raft, and fired.
"Hope and Have" by Oliver Optic
Rafts laden with combustibles were set on fire, and towed or pushed down upon the drifting sea-castles.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
He knew that he could not use a fire boat again, but these rafts, for such they were, must be destroyed in some manner.
"The Keepers of the Trail" by Joseph A. Altsheler
It is another fire-raft.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Fire rafts were let loose against the squadron, but drifted astray.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
The rafts sped along the cable, and squad after squad went pell mell into General Luna's stronghold, under stubborn fire from the frantic rebels.
"Winning the Wilderness" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Rafts of cotton were set on fire by the Confederates and came down the river, scattering disaster as they came.
"How the Flag Became Old Glory" by Emma Look Scott
Dot watched them for a while, but feeling too uncomfortably cold she slowly skated back to the raft and crouched near the fire.
"Five Little Starrs in the Canadian Forest" by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
The gun did not fire, however, and presently the U-boat was practically on top of the raft.
"Dave Dawson on Guadalcanal" by Robert Sydney Bowen
Fire rafts were to be brought from Poughkeepsie and kept at hand ready for action.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving

In news:

Coast Guard pull three from raft after fishing boat catches fire.
A fire ant raft is so elastic and buoyant that it resists probing by a twig.
Fire on oil theives ship caused 150,000 bpd Bonny outage * Shell 's force majeure on Forcados exports in place * Raft of output problems hit Nigeria in recent weeks ABUJA, Nov 21 (Reuters).