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  • n. Plural form of carack.


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  • From cape de Comori we passed by Coulam, which is a fort of the Portugals: from whence commeth great store of pepper, which commeth for Portugall: for oftentimes there ladeth one of the caracks of Portugall.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • Conan still stood at the casement, staring down into the harbor at the purple and crimson and vermilion and scarlet sails of galleons and caracks and galleys and dromonds.

    The Hour Of The Dragon

  • Tall caracks and slim caravels bobbed at their moorings along the stone quays and wooden piers or lay at anchor in the harbor.

    Conan Of The Isles

  • S. O, sir! upon her nose, all o’er embellished with rubies, carbuncles, sapphires, declining their rich aspect to the hot breath of Spain, who sent whole armadoes of caracks to be ballast at her nose.

    Act III. Scene II. The Comedy of Errors

  • The sun lay low on the water, and its level beams glowed upon the scarlet and gold of fourteen great caracks, each flying the cross of Saint George, and towering high above the cluster of English ships which, with brave waving of flags and blaring of music, were moving slowly towards the Kentish coast.

    Sir Nigel

  • On the other hand, Mowbray and Audley had each taken the caracks which were opposed to them, and the battle in the center, after swaying this way and that, was turning now in favor of the Islanders.

    Sir Nigel

  • They were huge caracks, high-ended and portly, with red sides and bulwarks carved and crusted with gold.

    Sir Nigel

  • After an obstinate defence, the place was taken by storm; all that breathed was put to the sword; and the heads of the Christian heroes were launched from the engines, on board of two caracks, or great ships of Europe, that rode at anchor in the harbor.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07

  • In a battle of thirty-two hours, against twenty-four Spanish ships, they failed to capture two great caracks which they coveted.

    Sir Walter Ralegh A Biography

  • Making war on their own account, half as pirates, half as crusaders, these youthful adventurers seized the Spanish caracks on their way to

    The Reign of Mary Tudor


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