from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Service on the sea, or on board of a ship or vessel.


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  • Next day he used two of the guineas to bribe the ship's Master-at-Arms who made the gold vanish into a pocket with the speed of a conjurer and an hour later brought Sharpe a well-honed cutlass and two heavy sea-service pistols with a bag of cartridges.

    Sharpe's Prey

  • An officer was standing on a low wall and haranguing around three hundred men, most of them confused militiamen though there was a core of sailors armed with heavy sea-service muskets.

    Sharpe's Prey

  • During the second week of the voyage there was a sudden enthusiasm for target practice, using the ship's heavy sea-service muskets to fire at empty bottles hurled into the waves, but after five days Captain Cromwell declared that the fusillades were depleting the Calliope's powder stores and the pastime ceased.

    Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • He did not fail to protest, on all occasions, his unfitness for sea-service, going so far, it is said, that he even caused himself to be rejected by the examining board of the navy as incompetent, though he could easily have prepared himself to answer the few questions asked.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Collection of Memoirs of Napoleon

  • The Janissaries, that picked corps trained as few soldiers were trained even in that age of iron, who never recoiled before the foe but who fought only to conquer or die, seem to have failed when embarked for sea-service.

    Sea-Wolves of the Mediterranean

  • The allowance of projectiles can only be determined by the character of the service expected, and the stowage capacity of the vessel, which is limited to about 150 rounds per gun for sea-service.

    Ordnance Instructions for the United States Navy. 1866. Fourth edition.

  • This new branch of sea-service is of course to be traced to the change in the Royal Navy from the old sailing vessels to the iron-clad steamships.

    Wilton School or, Harry Campbell's Revenge

  • I have heard that the spirit was encouraged by those in command, and that narratives of French perfidy, treachery, and even cowardice, were the popular traditions of the sea-service.

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851

  • It is well recollected -- in some degree, to the contrary -- that, on a slight intimation from his father, of a wish that he might entirely quit the sea-service, he resolutely declared, that if he were not again sent out, he would set off without any assistance.

    The Life of the Right Honourable Horatio Lord Viscount Nelson, Volume 1

  • Raleigh bore himself well in this fight, so well, indeed, that even his rival, Essex, was bound to confess "that which he did in the sea-service could not be bettered."

    English Literature for Boys and Girls


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