- English history a tax levied to finance the fitting out of warships: abolished 1640
Examples from the Web for ship money
Does any one now condemn Hampden for refusing to pay "ship-money?"
It sounds like ship-money come again, but it may not be so intended.Chapters from My Autobiography
"Yes" (I had told him how nearly I had missed our ship-money).Tramping on Life
It was that party which forced Charles the First to relinquish the ship-money.The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 4 (of 4)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
When an arbitrary imposition is attempted upon the subject, undoubtedly it will not bear on its forehead the name of Ship-money.Thoughts on the Present Discontents