from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The fire in the cook's galley on board ship.


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  • Pokers were heated red-hot in the galley-fire, and carried hastily to the guns, but cooled too rapidly in the rush across the deck.

    The Naval History of the United States Volume 1 (of 2)

  • I never in my life passed such an unpleasant time, rolling our gunnels under, knowing that we were drifting, our anchor having dragged, but in what direction it was difficult to judge; unable to cook, through the sea we had shipped having put our galley-fire out; and, worse than all, burning quantities of coal, as we had to keep steam always well up, ready for anything that might happen.

    Sketches From My Life

  • Now then, old stew-pan, "-- to the cook --" dowse your galley-fire, my hearty, and stow away all your best chiney down in the run.

    The Rover's Secret A Tale of the Pirate Cays and Lagoons of Cuba

  • Life must have been precious always; but never before had it appeared so precious as now, whilst I gazed at that homely ship, with her main-topsail to the mast, swinging stately upon the swell, the faces of the seamen plain, the smoke of her galley-fire breaking from the chimney, the sounds of creaking blocks and groaning parrels stealing from her.

    The Frozen Pirate

  • Upon the mention of a change of weather, he sent the steward to learn how the artificers felt, and on his return he stated that they now seemed to be all very happy, since the cook had begun to light the galley-fire and make preparations for the suet-pudding of Sunday, which was the only dish to be attempted for the mess, from the ease with which it could both be cooked and served up.

    Records of a Family of Engineers

  • It was very cold, and, a collier coming by us, with her galley-fire smoking and flaring, looked like a comfortable home.

    Great Expectations

  • This was the worthy cook, Nikel Sling, whose duties called him to his post at the galley-fire at an early hour each day.

    The Red Eric

  • Beside him, on a little stool close to the galley-fire, sat Tim Rokens -- not that Mr Rokens was cold -- far from it.

    The Red Eric

  • 'On the voyage, I shall endeavour,' said Mr. Micawber, 'occasionally to spin them a yarn; and the melody of my son Wilkins will, I trust, be acceptable at the galley-fire.

    David Copperfield

  • At that same moment a less tranquil scene was occurring scarce ten miles from the spot; for it is scarce necessary to say that the light seen by the ruffians on the great raft -- and which they had fancifully mistaken for a ship's galley-fire, -- was the furnace fed by spermaceti on the back of the whale.

    The Ocean Waifs A Story of Adventure on Land and Sea


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