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  • n. A large four-masted sailboat.


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  • By Tuesday, company officials were preparing to call in the insurers, for it was likely the four-master had gone down.

    The Lightkeeper

  • As the sea swallowed the four-master — Blind Chance, it was called — like a hungry serpent, making a great slurping sound, she had spied the light.

    The Lightkeeper

  • His background includes sailing on a four-master, working as a merchant mariner, training Outward Bound volunteers, travelling the world, and climbing its highest mountains.

    To Reach the Highest Mountains

  • He had been a cabin boy at fifteen on a four-master that had gone all the way to Shanghai, China, where the young man picked up a mysterious camphor-wood trunk.


  • Kathina; French capture German four-master and Austrian steamer; account made public of sinking of Austrian battleship Zrinyi.

    The New York Times Current History of the European War, Vol 1, Issue 4, January 23, 1915

  • And he had sailed many voyages under Tunis Latham's father, who had owned and commanded the four-master _Ada May_, which, ill-freighted and ill-fated at last, had struck and sunk on the outer Hebrides, carrying to the bottom most of the hands as well as the commander of the partially insured ship.

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove A Story of Cape Cod

  • There were twenty thousand tons not yet gone; but if my four four-master schooners could sail next morning, and the five-masters, _Orion_ and _Sirius_, get away the morning after, that twenty thousand tons would be cleaned up.

    Sonnie-Boy's People

  • Once we saw a four-master; once a shy, silent steamer avoided us, westward bound; and once in mid-ocean, tossed on a sea sun-silvered under a rack of clouds, we overtook a gallant little schooner out of New Bedford or Gloucester -- a forthfarer, too.

    A Traveller in War-Time

  • After the wedding the folks was sitting under the palms and bushes that was growing in tubs all over the house, and the stewards -- there was enough of 'em to man a four-master -- was carting 'round punch and frozen victuals.

    Cape Cod Stories

  • As they walked back toward the station Ralph and Elsie lingered a little behind the others, and then stopped to watch a big four-master that, under full sail, was spinning along a mile or two from the beach.

    Cap'n Eri


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