To speak a ship


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

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.