To speak a ship

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To speak a ship (Naut) to hail and speak to her captain or commander.
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Usage

In literature:

After a while, when sufficiently recovered to speak in a steady voice, I instructed my mate to put the ship round at eight o'clock himself.
"The Secret Sharer" by Joseph Conrad
The crews of the ships in which he served came after a time to speak of him as the good tribune.
"Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ" by Lew Wallace
To speak of this deep-water shipping as trade coastwise is misleading, in a way.
"The Old Merchant Marine" by Ralph D. Paine
He assured us that a ship of the Christians had been there, and speaks of incredible quantities of gold to be found there.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. II" by Robert Kerr
One of them, who had a name so long that I will not try to speak it, used to come every day to our ship, when we were lying near the shore.
"Jack Mason, The Old Sailor" by Theodore Thinker
The analogy, not to speak it profanely, between overloading a gun and overloading a discourse applies especially to ship-preaching.
"The Lieutenant and Commander" by Basil Hall
To speak of this deep-water shipping as trade coastwise is misleading, in a way.
"Modern American Prose Selections" by Various
Yet could I have been sure of a ship, I should have been glad to speak.
"The Frozen Pirate" by W. Clark Russell
Of course, for a ship to speak to a city, a very loud voice is required.
"Rollo on the Atlantic" by Jacob Abbott
He was a sailor in the ship that brought over Mr. Murray, the preacher of that belief which daddy says is a sin to speak of.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 108, October, 1866" by Various
There is such a fearful uproar to-day that he has to raise his voice as if he were speaking a ship in a storm.
"Little Grandmother" by Sophie May
To meet, when speaking of a ship; to discover, when speaking of the land.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
As we neared our own ship, Roderick endeavoured to speak to me, but his voice failed, and he took my hand, giving it a great grip.
"The Iron Pirate" by Max Pemberton
In the morning we saw a ship loom up on our left and the cruiser flew out to "speak" her.
"The Red Watch" by J. A. Currie
I hope it is not a scout ship trying to speak with some one.
"The Adventures of the U-202" by E. Spiegel
She avoided speaking of her desire for a ship to arrive.
"By Right of Conquest" by Arthur Hornblow
I now put my ship in motion, with a view to lay her across the stranger's path, as though I would speak her.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
I ran the boat close under the tree, gave the painter a twist or two round an overhanging bough, shipped the oars, and took my turn to speak.
"The MS. in a Red Box" by John Arthur Hamilton
I want you to speak French to a man that's there, one of the sailors out of the ship that was wrecked.
"Humours of Irish Life" by Various
Yet to speake truly what I thinke, two good tall ships of warre would have made a foule spoil amongst them.
"The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques, and Discoveries of the English Nation, Volume XIV (of 16)" by Richard Hakluyt
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In poetry:

He came as a Butcher: but gravely declared,
When the ship had been sailing a week,
He could only kill Beavers. The Bellman looked scared,
And was almost too frightened to speak:
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll

In news:

President Obama pauses while speaking during his visit to a UPS shipping facility in Landover, Md.
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