from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Clad in tin or tin-coated metal.
- n. A lightly armored river steamer used in the US Civil War.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In the civil war in the United States, a gunboat protected by very light plating of metal, used on the western rivers.
tin + clad (Wiktionary)
The survivors rounded the bend easily enough, with the one casualtybeing my ship (damned tinclad, anyway!).