from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A supply of seamen's clothing taken on board ship to sell to the crew during a voyage.


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  • She has issued underclothes all around from the slop-chest, and is ordering them to take a bath in the rain-water just caught.


  • Into this hallway, from the port side, opened five rooms: first, on entering, the mate's; next, the two state-rooms which had been knocked into one for me; then the steward's room; and, adjoining his, completing the row, a state-room which was used for the slop-chest.


  • I helped myself also to blankets, mittens, oilskins, caps, and such things, from the slop-chest.

    Chapter 26

  • The slop-chest is a sort of miniature dry-goods store which is carried by all sealing schooners and which is stocked with articles peculiar to the needs of the sailors.

    Chapter 12

  • The slop-chest, as well as the provisions, was stored in the lazarette, and I took advantage of the opportunity to lay in a stock of underclothing.

    Chapter 33

  • I got out a heavy shirt, new from the slop-chest and made from blanket goods.

    Chapter 27

  • We still keep our old quarters, and she has bedded the new-comers in the big after-room with blankets issued from the slop-chest.


  • Johnson, it seems, bought a suit of oilskins from the slop-chest and found them to be of greatly inferior quality.

    Chapter 12

  • We ate the food on the road and threw the basket into the stream; but we kept the other things, I liking the staff for walking and she delighted with her shawl, which relieved the masculine severity of her slop-chest clothes.

    The Urth of the New Sun

  • Nearly all had bills on the slop-chest for tobacco or clothes.

    Mr. Trunnell, Mate of the Ship "Pirate"


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