- a cannon mounted at or near the stern of a sailing ship, facing aft.
Origin of stern chaser
First recorded in 1805–15
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Examples from the Web for stern-chaser
Cast loose the stern-chaser and fire her at yon varlet if he makes a move.The Lady and the Pirate
The vessel had swung round a little, so that her stern-chaser, a culverin twelve feet long, pointed full at the fort.With Drake on the Spanish Main
They feared he had made up his mind to run, and this gun was to be used as a stern-chaser.The Second War with England, Vol. 1 of 2
J. T. Headley.
The stern-chaser belched forth, and the shot tore across the water, but missed the Caroline.The Cruise of the "Lively Bee"
John De Morgan
- a gun mounted at the stern of a vessel for firing aft at a pursuing vessel
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