armed merchantman


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armed merchantman

[¦ärmd ¦mər·chənt·mən]
(naval architecture)
An armed merchant ship of a neutral state; under international law, a vessel may be armed without prejudice to its status as a merchant ship.
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Richard died a year later, when the armed merchantman SS Thames was torpedoed off the east coast of England.
He was in command of Jervis Bay, an armed merchantman, convoying a group of ships.
A few days later, they set sail from Tilbury aboard The Vilk, an armed merchantman with Danish origin, and were issued with French "occupancy" currency - the first clue of their ultimate destination.