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  • proper n. An inlet of the Atlantic Ocean between Britain (in the west), Scandinavia (in the east) and Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and France (in the south).

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  • n. an arm of the North Atlantic between the British Isles and Scandinavia; oil was discovered under the North Sea in 1970


From Middle English North-see, from Old English norþsǣ ("northern sea, Bristol Channel, Baltic, North Sea"), equivalent to north +‎ sea. Cognate with West Frisian Noardsee ("North Sea"), Dutch Noordzee ("North Sea"), German Nordsee ("North Sea"), Swedish Nordsjön ("North Sea"), Icelandic Norðursjór ("North Sea"). (Wiktionary)


  • “Owing to recent developments in mines, torpedoes, torpedo craft and submarines,” declared a Committee of Imperial Defence paper on December 6, 1912, “the passage of the Straits of Dover and the English Channel by ships of a power at war with Great Britain would be attended with such risks that, for practical purposes, the North Sea may be regarded as having only one exit, the northern one.”

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  • Until the encroaching North Sea drove them out, the Acklings lived yards away from it in the old coastguard station at Weybourne.


  • The existence of the British Isles, stretching over 700 miles from Lands End to the northern tip of the Shetlands, left only two maritime exits from the North Sea into the Atlantic.

    Castles of Steel

  • Meanwhile, that Saturday morning, Jellicoe reached the small Scottish North Sea port of Wick, where the light cruiser Boadicea was waiting to take him across the Pentland Firth to Scapa Flow.

    Castles of Steel

  • Workers in the North Sea oil industry are under pressure to keep quiet about accidents as companies are desperate to avoid losing money, whistleblowers have told the Guardian.

    North Sea oil: Whistleblowers speak out

  • This time, a close British blockade of the German North Sea coast would be established with destroyers and other light forces constantly patrolling a few miles offshore, ready to report any German sortie before falling back on the British battleships cruising nearby.

    Castles of Steel

  • As the apparent danger across the North Sea mounted, old enmities and rivalries were composed, old frictions smoothed, and new arrangements made.

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  • This deficiency was partially rectified in 1854, when Prussia persuaded the Grand Duke of Oldenburg to sell a five-square-mile plot on Jade Bay; there, over the next fifteen years, the North Sea naval base of Wilhelmshaven was constructed.

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  • Orders [were] issued by the Emperor … after an audience with Pohl, to which I as usual was not summoned, to restrict the initiative of the Commander-in-Chief of the North Sea Fleet.

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  • The North Sea dreadnought ratio now rose to twenty-six British against seventeen German.

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