wooden bomb

wooden bomb

[′wu̇d·ən ′bäm]
(ordnance)
A concept which pictures a weapon as being completely reliable and having an infinite shelf life while at the same time requiring no special handling, storage, or surveillance.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Erebus and Terror were converted wooden bomb vessels that had seen prior service in polar exploration and had modern systems to work in the ice.