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  • n. Plural form of lightship.


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  • When German U-boats sank steamers and lightships all up and down the East Coast, two and sometimes three a day, Ruby imagined them lurking off the beach at Coney Island.


  • The lighthouses, lightships, sea marks, channels and harbours of the world were suffering from a decade of economy, a decade of wartime destruction and a decade of chaos and decay.

    The Shape of Things to Come

  • The lightships were attacked and … defeated, she emphasized.

    Killing Time

  • Only those aboard our lightships will have any memory of First History at all—and we can no longer permit ourselves to respond to the things of our past.

    Killing Time

  • An air from the west, cooled by a midday thunderstorm, followed the steamer as she slid through the calm channels of the Thames estuary, passed the cordon of scintillating lightships that watch over the sea-roads to the imperial city like pickets round a sleeping army, and slipped out into the dark spaces of the North Sea.

    The Riddle of the Sands

  • He could study out the precise spot carefully beforehand -- there are lightships on the sands to act as guides.

    Golden Stories A Selection of the Best Fiction by the Foremost Writers

  • "Yes," replied her father; "those on the east coast of Sweden have several months in the winter when the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia are covered with solid ice; but on the south and west coasts the lighthouses and even the lightships are lighted all winter."

    Gerda in Sweden

  • As soon as I arrived, therefore, I put on my yachting cap (white, with a gold anchor embroidered in front), hired a boat and a small boy, and directed him to row me immediately to one of the lightships.

    Punch, Or The London Charivari, Volume 101, July 11, 1891

  • "Moonlight Sonata", and the officials of our leading lightships will be asked to report upon PARRY'S "Blest Pair of Sirens."

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, February 25, 1914

  • Several lightships with their crews have been recently dispensed with in France, and gas buoys substituted.

    Report on the Department of Ports and Harbours for the Year 1890-91


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