from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A lantern placed at each gun on the gun-deck of a ship of war, to light up the deck during an engagement at night.
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Sail-trimmer, and Pumpman; a primed candle for each battle-lantern; a thumbstall and vent-guard for the 1st and 2d Captains of each gun.
The Fireman is to take down the fire-bucket, and place it and the battle-lantern in their appointed places.
Below deck all is dark save perchance a thin, knife-like ray emanating from a battle-lantern.
"Let's look at ye, then!" and seizing a battle-lantern, before thrust under a gun, the old veteran came close to Israel before he had time to elude the scrutiny.
AS I viewed myself in a fragment of looking-glass which hung up in the cabin, and by the dim light of a kind of battle-lantern, I was so impressed with a sense of vague awe at my appearance, and at the recollection of the terrific reality which I was thus representing, that I was seized with a violent tremour, and could scarcely summon resolution to go on with my part.
He was standing with one elbow resting on his capstan, shading his eyes from the light of the battle-lantern that stood near him with one hand, when he felt a gentle pressure of the other, that recalled his recollection.
One battle-lantern, with candle or | lamp trimmed and primed, but | provided for gun-decks only; none | In the fire-buckets.
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