- a watertight container used in marine rescue operations, suspended from a hawser and hauled back and forth between a stranded or wrecked vessel and the shore.
Origin of life car
An Americanism dating back to 1850–55
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Examples from the Web for life car
The life-car was moving along the upper line bound for the wreck.The Knights of the White Shield
Edward A. Rand
The next report brought them was of Mr. Tallis's safe landing, and the next that the life-car waited for them.Elsie's Widowhood
The principal apparatus consists of surf- and life-boats, Lyle gun and breeches-buoy apparatus and life-car.
From this hawser the breeches-buoy or life-car is suspended and drawn between the ship and shore of the endless whip-line.
The life-car can also be drawn like a boat between ship and shore without the use of a hawser.