Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The vessels engaged in transporting masses of precious metal; especially, the vessels which transported to Spain the products of the mines in Spanish America.
“At the council-table, that great minister represented that Spain was only waiting for the arrival of her annual plate-fleet from America, and then she would declare war.”
“The plate-fleet of Spain, which the Spaniards call”
“If we miss the plate-fleet, my masters, if we find Cartagena or Santa Marta too strong for us, there is yet the unconquered land, the Hesperidian garden whence came these golden apples!”
“Towing the King of Spain his plate-fleet behind you," quoth the mustachioed gentleman.”
“The town is a cowardly place of priests, women, and rich men, but it holds every peso of this year's treasure gathered against the coming of the plate-fleet.”
“Now Neptune keep the plate-fleet at Cartagena!" whistled Arden.”
“The plate-fleet stays at Cartagena, because of the illness of its Admiral,”
“In an expedition led by Lord Charles Howard in 1591 against the Spanish plate-fleet, Grenville was vice-admiral, and he opposed his ship single-handed against five great Spanish galleons, supported at intervals by ten others, and he fought them during nearly fifteen hours.”
“Mr. Secretary Winwood, it is admitted, calculated upon a collision with the Spaniards, and even upon Ralegh's seizure of the plate-fleet.”
“They will keep the same faith with us as they kept with Captain Hawkins at San Juan d'Ulloa, in that accursed business which was the beginning of all the wars; when we might have taken the whole plate-fleet, with two hundred thousand pounds 'worth of gold on board, and did not, but only asked license to trade like honest men.”
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