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  • n. Plural form of roadstead.


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  • In such way had vanished all the worlds and harbours and roadsteads and atoll lagoons where the


  • People who spend most of their natural lives riding iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their personalities mixed up with the personalities of their bicycle as a result of the interchanging of the atoms of each of them and you would be surprised at the number of people in these parts who nearly are half people and half bicycles.

    The Last Laugh

  • Libya's desert cheerless roadsteads have I sailed, to each and all of them; and whensoe'er I draw me near my native land, the storm-wind drives me back again, and never yet have favouring breezes filled my sails, to let me reach my fatherland.


  • He should “be careful to take soundings off all coasts, roadsteads.”

    Champlain's Dream

  • Besides, you have harbours and roadsteads, without which it is not possible to turn a naval power to account.


  • The great disadvantage of all these harbours and roadsteads is the shallowness of the water for some distance from the land; this has the effect of raising a great deal of surf when the wind blows on shore, and also of compelling vessels of any size to anchor at a considerable distance out, thus making the operations of landing and embarking cargo both tedious and expensiue.

    The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation

  • At rare intervals there were some narrow fissures, but not a creek available for a ship to enter to replenish its supply of water; and the wide roadsteads were unprotected and exposed to well-nigh every point of the compass.

    Off on a Comet

  • I shouldn't dare to attempt any of the entrances to the roadsteads in darkness; it would have to be a daylight show, and that in itself made me hesitate.


  • The Coast Survey Report mentions it as "the most dangerous of the roadsteads usually resorted to, filled with sunken rocks and reefs."

    Life at Puget Sound: With Sketches of Travel in Washington Territory, British Columbia, Oregon and California

  • Hence the whistling-buoy is used in roadsteads and the open sea, while the bell-buoy is preferred in harbors, rivers, and the like, where the sound-range needed is shorter, and smoother water usually obtains.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 470, January 3, 1885


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