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bomb ketch

Nautical. a ketch-rigged vessel of the 17th and 18th centuries, carrying heavy mortars for firing bombs.
Also called bombard, mortar ketch.
Origin of bomb ketch
First recorded in 1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Each ship covered a bomb ketch, protecting the smaller vessels from the enemy's fire.

    In Clive's Command

    Herbert Strang
  • The new scheme was to fix up the Intrepid as a bomb ketch, send her into the harbor at night and there explode her.

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