Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A ship that brings relief or aid, as to an expedition for arctic exploration; specifically, a government cutter or a large ship which periodically makes the rounds of lighthouses, light-ships, and other government stations with provisions, etc.
“Supper taught us the urgent need to send news over the one hundred and fifty miles to the British at Suez for a relief-ship.”
“In 1848, Sir James Ross was sent out with the first relief-ship; but was not able to reach the entrance of Wellington channel because of compact ice from there to Leopold Island.”
“They, the visitors, were the officers of the relief-ship on the lookout for castaways and survivors.”
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