- a ship for transporting slaves from their native homes to places of bondage.
Origin of slave ship
First recorded in 1790–1800
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Examples from the Web for slave ship
A slave-ship, fitted out in England, and sailing from an English port,—alas!The Ocean Waifs
The night came down still, but not silent; at least not silent on board the slave-ship.
I need not here describe the ordinary sufferings of the slave-ship.
I walked to Port Praya, and returned to my floating prison, the slave-ship.Frank Mildmay
Captain Frederick Marryat
The work was indeed most horrible: a slave-ship could not have been worse.The Mysteries of London, v. 1/4
George W. M. Reynolds
- a ship used to transport slaves, esp formerly from Africa to the New World
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