fire ship


noun

a vessel loaded with combustibles and explosives, ignited, and set adrift to destroy an enemy's ships or constructions.

Origin of fire ship

First recorded in 1580–90
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fire ship

noun

a vessel loaded with explosives and used, esp formerly, as a bomb by igniting it and directing it to drift among an enemy's warships
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