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 for General ship
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  General \Gen"er*al\, a. [F. g['e]n['e]ral, fr. L. generalis. See
     1. Relating to a genus or kind; pertaining to a whole class
        or order; as, a general law of animal or vegetable
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     2. Comprehending many species or individuals; not special or
        particular; including all particulars; as, a general
        inference or conclusion.
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     3. Not restrained or limited to a precise import; not
        specific; vague; indefinite; lax in signification; as, a
        loose and general expression.
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     4. Common to many, or the greatest number; widely spread;
        prevalent; extensive, though not universal; as, a general
        opinion; a general custom.
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              This general applause and cheerful shout
              Argue your wisdom and your love to Richard. --Shak.
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     5. Having a relation to all; common to the whole; as, Adam,
        our general sire. --Milton.
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     6. As a whole; in gross; for the most part.
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              His general behavior vain, ridiculous. --Shak.
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     7. Usual; common, on most occasions; as, his general habit or
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     Note: The word general, annexed to a name of office, usually
           denotes chief or superior; as, attorney-general;
           adjutant general; commissary general; quartermaster
           general; vicar-general, etc.
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     General agent (Law), an agent whom a principal employs to
        transact all his business of a particular kind, or to act
        in his affairs generally.
     General assembly. See the Note under Assembly.
     General average, General Court. See under Average,
     General court-martial (Mil.), the highest military and
        naval judicial tribunal.
     General dealer (Com.), a shopkeeper who deals in all
        articles in common use.
     General demurrer (Law), a demurrer which objects to a
        pleading in general terms, as insufficient, without
        specifying the defects. --Abbott.
     General epistle, a canonical epistle.
     General guides (Mil.), two sergeants (called the right, and
        the left, general guide) posted opposite the right and
        left flanks of an infantry battalion, to preserve accuracy
        in marching. --Farrow.
     General hospitals (Mil.), hospitals established to receive
        sick and wounded sent from the field hospitals. --Farrow.
     General issue (Law), an issue made by a general plea, which
        traverses the whole declaration or indictment at once,
        without offering any special matter to evade it.
        --Bouvier. --Burrill.
     General lien (Law), a right to detain a chattel, etc.,
        until payment is made of any balance due on a general
     General officer (Mil.), any officer having a rank above
        that of colonel.
     General orders (Mil.), orders from headquarters published
        to the whole command.
     General practitioner, in the United States, one who
        practices medicine in all its branches without confining
        himself to any specialty; in England, one who practices
        both as physician and as surgeon.
     General ship, a ship not chartered or let to particular
     General term (Logic), a term which is the sign of a general
        conception or notion.
     General verdict (Law), the ordinary comprehensive verdict
        in civil actions, "for the plaintiff" or "for the
        defendant". --Burrill.
     General warrant (Law), a warrant, now illegal, to apprehend
        suspected persons, without naming individuals.
     Syn: Syn. General, Common, Universal.
     Usage: Common denotes primarily that in which many share; and
            hence, that which is often met with. General is
            stronger, denoting that which pertains to a majority
            of the individuals which compose a genus, or whole.
            Universal, that which pertains to all without
            exception. To be able to read and write is so common
            an attainment in the United States, that we may
            pronounce it general, though by no means universal.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ship \Ship\, n. [OE. ship, schip, AS. scip; akin to OFries.
     skip, OS. scip, D. schip, G. schiff, OHG. scif, Dan. skib,
     Sw. skeep, Icel. & Goth. skip; of unknown origin. Cf.
     Equip, Skiff, Skipper.]
     1. Any large seagoing vessel.
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              Like a stately ship . . .
              With all her bravery on, and tackle trim,
              Sails filled, and streamers waving.   --Milton.
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              Thou, too, sail on, O Ship of State!  --Longfellow.
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     2. Specifically, a vessel furnished with a bowsprit and three
        masts (a mainmast, a foremast, and a mizzenmast), each of
        which is composed of a lower mast, a topmast, and a
        topgallant mast, and square-rigged on all masts. See
        Illustation in Appendix.
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        [1913 Webster] l Port or Larboard Side; s Starboard Side;
        1 Roundhouse or Deck House; 2 Tiller; 3 Grating; 4 Wheel;
        5 Wheel Chains; 6 Binnacle; 7 Mizzenmast; 8 Skylight; 9
        Capstan; 10 Mainmast; 11 Pumps; 12 Galley or Caboose; 13
        Main Hatchway; 14 Windlass; 15 Foremast; 16 Fore Hatchway;
        17 Bitts; 18 Bowsprit; 19 Head Rail; 20 Boomkins; 21
        Catheads on Port Bow and Starboard Bow; 22 Fore Chains; 23
        Main Chains; 24 Mizzen Chains; 25 Stern.
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        [1913 Webster] 1 Fore Royal Stay; 2 Flying Jib Stay; 3
        Fore Topgallant Stay;4 Jib Stay; 5 Fore Topmast Stays; 6
        Fore Tacks; 8 Flying Martingale; 9 Martingale Stay,
        shackled to Dolphin Striker; 10 Jib Guys; 11 Jumper Guys;
        12 Back Ropes; 13 Robstays; 14 Flying Jib Boom; 15 Flying
        Jib Footropes; 16 Jib Boom; 17 Jib Foottropes; 18
        Bowsprit; 19 Fore Truck; 20 Fore Royal Mast; 21 Fore Royal
        Lift; 22 Fore Royal Yard; 23 Fore Royal Backstays; 24 Fore
        Royal Braces; 25 Fore Topgallant Mast and Rigging; 26 Fore
        Topgallant Lift; 27 Fore Topgallant Yard; 28 Fore
        Topgallant Backstays; 29 Fore Topgallant Braces; 30 Fore
        Topmast and Rigging; 31 Fore Topsail Lift; 32 Fore Topsail
        Yard; 33 Fore Topsail Footropes; 34 Fore Topsail Braces;
        35 Fore Yard; 36 Fore Brace; 37 Fore Lift; 38 Fore Gaff;
        39 Fore Trysail Vangs; 40 Fore Topmast Studding-sail Boom;
        41 Foremast and Rigging; 42 Fore Topmast Backstays; 43
        Fore Sheets; 44 Main Truck and Pennant; 45 Main Royal Mast
        and Backstay; 46 Main Royal Stay; 47 Main Royal Lift; 48
        Main Royal Yard; 49 Main Royal Braces; 50 Main Topgallant
        Mast and Rigging; 51 Main Topgallant Lift; 52 Main
        Topgallant Backstays; 53 Main Topgallant Yard; 54 Main
        Topgallant Stay; 55 Main Topgallant Braces; 56 Main
        Topmast and Rigging; 57 Topsail Lift; 58 Topsail Yard; 59
        Topsail Footropes; 60 Topsail Braces; 61 Topmast Stays; 62
        Main Topgallant Studding-sail Boom; 63 Main Topmast
        Backstay; 64 Main Yard; 65 Main Footropes; 66 Mainmast and
        Rigging; 67 Main Lift; 68 Main Braces; 69 Main Tacks; 70
        Main Sheets; 71 Main Trysail Gaff; 72 Main Trysail Vangs;
        73 Main Stays; 74 Mizzen Truck; 75 Mizzen Royal Mast and
        Rigging; 76 Mizzen Royal Stay; 77 Mizzen Royal Lift; 78
        Mizzen Royal Yard; 79 Mizzen Royal Braces; 80 Mizzen
        Topgallant Mast and Rigging; 81 Mizzen Topgallant Lift; 82
        Mizzen Topgallant Backstays; 83 Mizzen Topgallant Braces;
        84 Mizzen Topgallant Yard; 85 Mizzen Topgallant Stay; 86
        Mizzen Topmast and Rigging; 87 Mizzen Topmast Stay; 88
        Mizzen Topsail Lift; 89 Mizzen Topmast Backstays; 90
        Mizzen Topsail Braces; 91 Mizzen Topsail Yard; 92 Mizzen
        Topsail Footropes; 93 Crossjack Yard; 94 Crossjack
        Footropes; 95 Crossjack Lift; 96 Crossjack Braces; 97
        Mizzenmast and Rigging; 98 Mizzen Stay; 99 Spanker Gaff;
        100 Peak Halyards; 101 Spanker Vangs; 102 Spanker Boom;
        103 Spanker Boom Topping Lift; 104 Jacob's Ladder, or
        Stern Ladder; 105 Spanker Sheet; 106 Cutwater; 107
        Starboard Bow; 108 Starboard Beam; 109 Water Line; 110
        Starboard Quarter; 111 Rudder.
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     3. A dish or utensil (originally fashioned like the hull of a
        ship) used to hold incense. [Obs.] --Tyndale.
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     Armed ship, a private ship taken into the service of the
        government in time of war, and armed and equipped like a
        ship of war. [Eng.] --Brande & C.
     General ship. See under General.
     Ship biscuit, hard biscuit prepared for use on shipboard;
        -- called also ship bread. See Hardtack.
     Ship boy, a boy who serves in a ship. "Seal up the ship
        boy's eyes." --Shak.
     Ship breaker, one who breaks up vessels when unfit for
        further use.
     Ship broker, a mercantile agent employed in buying and
        selling ships, procuring cargoes, etc., and generally in
        transacting the business of a ship or ships when in port.
     Ship canal, a canal suitable for the passage of seagoing
     Ship carpenter, a carpenter who works at shipbuilding; a
     Ship chandler, one who deals in cordage, canvas, and other,
        furniture of vessels.
     Ship chandlery, the commodities in which a ship chandler
        deals; also, the business of a ship chandler.
     Ship fever (Med.), a form of typhus fever; -- called also
        putrid fever, jail fever, or hospital fever.
     Ship joiner, a joiner who works upon ships.
     Ship letter, a letter conveyed by a ship not a mail packet.
     Ship money (Eng. Hist.), an imposition formerly charged on
        the ports, towns, cities, boroughs, and counties, of
        England, for providing and furnishing certain ships for
        the king's service. The attempt made by Charles I. to
        revive and enforce this tax was resisted by John Hampden,
        and was one of the causes which led to the death of
        Charles. It was finally abolished.
     Ship of the line. See under Line.
     Ship pendulum, a pendulum hung amidships to show the extent
        of the rolling and pitching of a vessel.
     Ship railway.
        (a) An inclined railway with a cradelike car, by means of
            which a ship may be drawn out of water, as for
        (b) A railway arranged for the transportation of vessels
            overland between two water courses or harbors.
     Ship's company, the crew of a ship or other vessel.
     Ship's days, the days allowed a vessel for loading or
     Ship's husband. See under Husband.
     Ship's papers (Mar. Law), papers with which a vessel is
        required by law to be provided, and the production of
        which may be required on certain occasions. Among these
        papers are the register, passport or sea letter, charter
        party, bills of lading, invoice, log book, muster roll,
        bill of health, etc. --Bouvier. --Kent.
     To make ship, to embark in a ship or other vessel.
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From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  GENERAL SHIP. One which is employed by the master or owners, on a particular 
  voyage, and is hired by a number of persons, unconnected with each other, to 
  convey their respective goods to the place of destination. 
       2. This contract, although usually made with the master, and not with 
  the owners, is considered in law to be made with them also, and that both he 
  and they are separately bound to the performance of it. Abbott on Ship. 112, 
  215, 216. 

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