from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as packet, 2.


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  • Madam Esmond should arrive; and trembled lest the French privateers should take the packet-ship by which the precious letter was conveyed.

    The Virginians

  • The good lady almost frightened me as I went in, by her very extraordinary appearance in a tremendous grey gauze turban, fire-new, just arrived by the Henri Quatre packet-ship from Havre, and that gave her exactly the look of one of our Mississippi night-owls.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 56, No. 345, July, 1844

  • Of the exact way in which Morse first conceived the idea of making electricity the means of conveying intelligence, various accounts have been given, the one usually accepted being that while on board the packet-ship _Sully_, a fellow passenger related some experiments he had witnessed in Paris with the electro-magnet, a recital which made such an impression upon one of his auditors that he walked the deck the whole night.

    The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees

  • The fine packet-ship Utica lay down the bay, and only awaited the return of the lighter that night to complete her cargo and list of passengers, ere she departed.

    Clotelle; or, the Colored Heroine, a tale of the Southern States; or, the President's Daughter

  • Not only did she attain this considerable speed, but her power to tow larger vessels was found to be so great that schooners of one hundred and forty tons 'burden were propelled by her at the rate of seven miles an hour; and the American packet-ship Toronto was towed in the river Thames by this miniature steamer at the rate of more than five English miles an hour.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 10, No. 57, July, 1862

  • What they called a severe gale would have been regarded by an Australian clipper or Western Ocean packet-ship in the writer's early days as a hard whole-sail breeze, perhaps with the kites taken in.

    Drake Nelson and Napoleon

  • It went by way of New York and took from three to four weeks to reach that city; it was then forwarded by packet-ship to England, and usually at least four months passed before an answer could be received.

    McGill and its Story, 1821-1921

  • He knew what the instrument would do, and the fact accomplished was but the confirmation to others of what to him was a certainty on the packet-ship Sully in 1832.

    Letters and Journals 02]

  • The journey from Richmond to New York was by a packet-ship, and lasted for two weeks.

    Marion Harland's autobiography : the story of a long life,

  • So I took my berth in the packet-ship Washington Irving, and sailed from Boston on Tuesday, 5th October, 1847.

    II. English Traits. Voyage To England


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