merchant marine

merchant marine
merchant marine
n.
1. all the ships of a nation that are used in commerce
2. their personnel

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  • merchant marine — noun a) Ships dedicated to commercial, rather than military, purposes, with their crew. Captain Robert Dollar of San Francisco, dean of American ship owners, . . . is still, although nearly 80, the eager champion of an American privately owned… …   Wiktionary

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