guardship definition

  • noun:
    • attention; security
    • a war vessel appointed to superintend the marine affairs in a harbor, and also, within the English service, for seamen till they can be distributed among their respective boats.
    • Care; security.
    • Care; protection.
    • A vessel of war appointed to guard a harbor or even superintend marine matters inside it, and sometimes to get naval offenders and seamen perhaps not assigned to duty on other vessels.
    • the vessels of a squadron obtaining the duty, amongst others, of boarding any arriving vessels.
    • a warship (at anchor or under method) required to maintain a higher level of readiness than the others with its squadron

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