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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. 2018.
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  • They have jettisoned her deck load, and now she'll just float soggily.

  • 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
  • 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
  • With her came the tossing, charging timbers washed from the deck load.

  • The main and mizzen masts were now cut away, to prevent her upsetting, and she was quite clear of her deck load.

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

  • 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
  • We took our cargo on board, boxes of sugar in the hold and hogsheads of molasses for a 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
  • The brig at one time was so nearly capsized that her deck load had rolled to one side and held her in an inclined position.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom

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