from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A steam-vessel driven by a screw propeller. A vessel with two screws is called a twin-screw steamer; one with three screws, a triple-screw steamer.


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  • The crew were all civil and good-tempered, and with very little discipline everything went on smoothly, and the vessel was kept very clean and in pretty good order, so that on the whole I was much delighted with the trip, and was inclined to rate the luxuries of the semi-barbarous prau as surpassing those of the most magnificent screw-steamer, that highest result of our civilisation.

    The Malay Archipelago

  • Trieste — I did not hear that the surgeon of the screw-steamer

    The Land of Midian

  • He was explaining all this, when a large screw-steamer, high in the bows and low in the stern, crossed the _Bembridge Belle_ making for

    Bob Strong's Holidays Adrift in the Channel

  • In May, 1863, the screw-steamer Bahama made the trip from Foochow to London in eighty days with a cargo of tea, and obtained sixty dollars per ton, while freights by sailing vessels were but twenty dollars; the shippers being willing to pay forty dollars per ton for forty days 'quicker delivery.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 101, March, 1866

  • That she has taken her passage in the screw-steamer

    Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands

  • Therefore, while admitting the importance and necessity of providing for special service a small class of fast, full-power steamers, it is submitted that the auxiliary screw-steamer is the description of ship to which the largest and best consideration should be devoted; for to the nation possessing the most efficient fleet of such vessels must belong the dominion of the sea.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 29, March, 1860

  • Oriental screw-steamer Himalaya -- the transport ship of two regiments of the heroes of Balaklava, and Alma, and Inkerman, and Sebastopol.

    Acadia or, A Month with the Blue Noses

  • Mail Company's new screw-steamer, bound for Havana, _viâ_ Nassau.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 03, No. 19, May, 1859

  • Finally, however, a distinguished admiral tied a screw-steamer and a paddle-steamer of equal horse-power stern to stern and set their engines running.

    The Lion and the Unicorn

  • I had as fine a crew of scoundrels in a month as ever cursed in a fo'castle; and I shipped them all on the screw-steamer, _Rossa_, which I bought for six thousand pounds from the Rossa Company.

    The Iron Pirate A Plain Tale of Strange Happenings on the Sea


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