guard ship

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n guard ship a warship (at anchor or under way) required to maintain a higher degree of readiness than others in its squadron
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Guard ship a war vessel appointed to superintend the marine affairs in a harbor, and also, in the English service, to receive seamen till they can be distributed among their respective ships.
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Usage

In literature:

A guard-ship is a receiving-ship for officers and men, until they are enabled to join, or are drafted to their respective ships.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
He left but a handful to guard his ships.
"Viking Tales" by Jennie Hall
Telemachos and Athena disembarked, leaving the crew to guard the ship, and went up to the crowd.
"Odysseus, the Hero of Ithaca" by Homer
You guard your dirty skins by wrecking ships upon the rocks.
"Wappin' Wharf" by Charles S. Brooks
And then he realized that all the guard meant was, are you going back to your ship?
"The Happy Unfortunate" by Robert Silverberg
These were the fighter ships of the jet-plane guard.
"Space Platform" by Murray Leinster
They overtook one of the guard-ships very soon, and, after a short conflict, they succeeded in capturing it.
"Xerxes" by Jacob Abbott
So he had sent one of his crew to guard this young lions' den, while the ship was so close in shore.
"Frontier Boys on the Coast" by Capt. Wyn Roosevelt
So the colony's guard-ship acted.
"Fearful Symmetry" by Ann Wilson
A familiar term applied equally to a guard-ship or any person belonging to her.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
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In poetry:

"Sail on!" it says, "sail on, ye stately ships!
And with your floating bridge the ocean span;
Be mine to guard this light from all eclipse,
Be yours to bring man nearer unto man!"
"By The Seaside : The Lighthouse" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
And, e'en when the smoke of the raiders' ships
Trailed out o'er the northern skies,
His laugh was loud: "'Tis a summer cloud,"
Said the Fool in his Paradise.
And, to guard his honor, he gave a gun
To the feeble hands of his younger son.
"Son of a Fool" by C J Dennis
And then, o'er the silent sea, an answer from unseen lips,
Comes in through the great, gray fog, the word from the mist-bound
ships,--
A chorus of bell and horn, faint and afar and clear,--
"Thanks, O Guard of the Deep! Watchers, we hear! we hear!"
"The Watchers" by Joseph C Lincoln
You have left me to the sewer's meanwhile,
and I have answered the sea's open wish
to love me as a bonfire's watchful hand
guards red the shore and guards the hairy strand,
our most elegant lascivious bile,
my ship sinking beneath the gutter's fish.
"A City Winter" by Frank O Hara

In news:

The search will not be resuming and passing ships have been told to be on the lookout, the Netherlands Coast Guard said.
Coast Guard finds 1 missing crew member of ship.
The Coast Guard says there were no injuries, damage or pollution in the grounding of the Cleveland-bound ship.
Coast Guard monitors tall ship in distress off NC.
NEWARK — The Coast Guard suspects there are stowaways in a container that was loaded on a ship that's docking at Port Newark this morning.
The largest company that ships goods from the Mainland to Hawai'i has received a marine environmental protection award from the US Coast Guard.
Three people washed off their crippled ship and engulfed by Atlantic waters roiled by Hurricane Sandy scrambled for help on Monday, the US Coast Guard said, but only one of them made it to safety.
An engaging 1956 science fiction gloss of Shakespeare's Tempest, with a ship full of American astronauts landing on a mysterious planet where Walter Pidgeon and his miniskirted daughter, Anne Francis, guard the remains of a lost civilization.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The US Coast Guard says a 730-foot ship in northwest Ohio backed into a pier at a dock near the Maumee River, punctured a tank and leaked fuel into the water.
The US Coast Guard says a 730-foot ship in northwest Ohio backed into a pier at a dock near the Maumee River, punctured a tank and leaked fuel into the water.
The Coast Guard is allowing a cruise ship that became grounded in Glacier Bay National Park to return to a dock near Juneau.
RIGA, Latvia (AP) — A stranded cruise ship off Latvia with nearly 1,000 people on board will be evacuated Monday, the country's coast guard said.
There was a time when Di DeRubba was happy to sail the high seas as a ship's captain in the Coast Guard.
Birders who go on pelagic trips might see US Coast Guard ships and crew near ports or on the open water.
Coast Guard responds to listing log ship at Port of Tacoma.
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