from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A strong light cask used for transporting drinking-water, especially on sea-going ships. Compare watertank and breaker.


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  • The only things they did not carry with them were the water-cask and a barrel of salted meat, which they left buried in the sand, being determined if they could succeed in manufacturing a canoe within any reasonable distance, they would return to fetch these articles as supplies for their proposed voyage.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • I remember the heat, the deluge of rain-squalls that kept us baling for dear life (but filled our water-cask), and I remember sixteen hours on end with a mouth dry as a cinder and a steering-oar over the stern to keep my first command head on to a breaking sea.

    Youth, by Joseph Conrad

  • One of the natives, who had attempted to steal a water-cask from the watering-place, was caught in the fact, sent on board, and put in irons.

    Narrative of the Voyages Round The World, Performed by Captain James Cook

  • There was no doubt that the poisoned barrel had at some time or other contained copperas; but what strange fatality had converted it into a water-cask, or what fatality, stranger still, had caused it to be brought on board the raft, was a problem that none could solve.

    The Survivors of the Chancellor

  • Fashioned at last into an arrowy shape, and welded by Perth to the shank, the steel soon pointed the end of the iron; and as the blacksmith was about giving the barbs their final heat, prior to tempering them, he cried to Ahab to place the water-cask near.

    Moby Dick; or the Whale

  • There should be no occasion for anyone to go into the hold soon-a fresh water-cask had been brought up only the day before.

    Drums of Autumn

  • Thian "put" a finger on the artery that was producing the flood so he could find out from her where Mur's water-cask was stored.

    Damia's Children

  • They were brought there, according to a native tradition, by one Nathan Coleman, of Nantucket, who, in revenge for some fancied grievance, towed a rotten water-cask ashore, and left it in a neglected _taro_ patch, where the ground was moist and warm.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847

  • To put a small lump of lime into your water-cask is useful.

    Domestic Cookery, Useful Receipts, and Hints to Young Housekeepers

  • My brother was at the stern, holding on to a small empty water-cask which had been securely lashed under the coop of the counter, and was the only thing on deck that had not been swept overboard when the gale first took us.

    Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 8


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