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deck load

noun, Nautical.
cargo carried on an open deck of a ship.
Origin of deck load
First recorded in 1750-60 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We took our cargo on board, boxes of sugar in the hold and hogsheads of molasses for a deck load.

  • There were on board, as part of the deck load, thirty or forty barrels of "spirits."

  • A schooner with a deck load of wood drifted with the tide, her sails flapping; I saw her in a blur.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • He had an ugly trip down the coast: lost his deck load and three men overboard in a southeaster off Nantucket Shoals.

    In Exile and Other Stories Mary Hallock Foote
  • With her came the tossing, charging timbers washed from the deck load.

  • And presently the deck lashings would part under the battering of the surf and the deck load would go by the board.

    Cappy Ricks Retires Peter B. Kyne
  • They have jettisoned her deck load, and now she'll just float soggily.

  • The captain ordered most of the deck load, which consisted chiefly of Chicago liquors, thrown overboard.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom
  • The discharging of cargo was progressing satisfactorily, since we now had the deck load off, and were commencing on the hold.

    The Flying Bo'sun Arthur Mason
  • Yes, its right, he rejoined to Jacks question, the loss of that deck load would be a serious matter.

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