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 for To speak a ship
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Speak \Speak\, v. t.
     1. To utter with the mouth; to pronounce; to utter
        articulately, as human beings.
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              They sat down with him upn ground seven days and
              seven nights, and none spake a word unto him. --Job.
                                                    ii. 13.
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     2. To utter in a word or words; to say; to tell; to declare
        orally; as, to speak the truth; to speak sense.
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     3. To declare; to proclaim; to publish; to make known; to
        exhibit; to express in any way.
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              It is my father;s muste
              To speak your deeds.                  --Shak.
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              Speaking a still good morrow with her eyes.
                                                    --Tennyson.
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              And for the heaven's wide circuit, let it speak
              The maker's high magnificence.        --Milton.
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              Report speaks you a bonny monk.       --Sir W.
                                                    Scott.
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     4. To talk or converse in; to utter or pronounce, as in
        conversation; as, to speak Latin.
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              And French she spake full fair and fetisely.
                                                    --Chaucer.
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     5. To address; to accost; to speak to.
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              [He will] thee in hope; he will speak thee fair.
                                                    --Ecclus.
                                                    xiii. 6.
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              each village senior paused to scan
              And speak the lovely caravan.         --Emerson.
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     To speak a ship (Naut.), to hail and speak to her captain
        or commander.
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