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  • ‘A fast-sailing lugger will soon bring you there though, snug stowed under hatches, like a cask of moonlight.’


  • From the proportions of other ships in her era, we might guess that her deck length was about 100–120 feet, and her beam about 36–40 feet.6 Later, as we shall see, flyboats were given another and entirely different meaning: small fast-sailing vessels, often heavily armed for their size.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Illegal traders were on the river in fast-sailing, heavily armed vessels, and some were selling arms to the Indians.

    Champlain's Dream

  • The manoeuvres suited to fast-sailing vessels, such as breaking of the line or returning to the charge, cannot be practised in a narrow space.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • But to go a step further: when it came to Antiphon93 falling at our hands — Antiphon, who during the war contributed two fast-sailing men-of-war out of his own resources, it was then plain to me, that all who had ever been zealous and patriotic must eye us with suspicion.


  • Syracusans were having the best of it in the engagement in the great harbour, and sent a fast-sailing galley to pursue them.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • They got to the docks in time, and got on board that fast-sailing, clipper-built, never-beaten, always-healthy ship, the

    The Three Clerks

  • The fast-sailing Phoenician ships feinted and darted, but the Athenians would not give them an opening.

    The Battle of Salamis

  • The destination of any ship which took them away would be known beforehand; and the fast-sailing yacht in which Mr. Blanchard had come to Madeira was waiting in the harbor to take him back to England.


  • He said he would make available three fast-sailing frigates and a company of soldiers from a mercenary Irish regiment to act as raiding parties.

    John Paul Jones


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