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 for Ship''s husband
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) :

  SHIP'S HUSBAND, mar. law. An agent appointed by the owner of a ship, and 
  invested with authority to make the requisite repairs, and attend to the 
  management, equipment, and other concerns of the ship he is usually 
  authorized to act as the general agent of the owners, in relation to the 
  ship in her home port. 
       2. By virtue of his agency, he is authorized to direct all proper 
  repairs, equipments and outfits of the ship; to hire the officers and crew; 
  to enter into contracts for the freight or charter of the ship, if that is 
  her usual employment; and to do all other acts necessary and proper to 
  prepare and despatch her for and on her intended voyage. 1 Liverm. on Ag. 
  72, 73; Story on Ag. Sec. 35. 
       3. By some authors, it is said the ship's husband must be a part owner. 
  Hall on Mar. Loans, 142, n.; Abbott on Ship. part 1, c. 3, s. 2. 
       4. Mr. Bell, Comm. 410, Sec. 428, 5t ed. p. 503, points out the duties 
  of the ship's husband, as follows, namely: 1. To see to the proper outfit of 
  the vessel, in the repairs adequate to the voyage, and in the tackle and 
  furniture necessary for a sea-worthy ship. 
       5.-2. To have a proper master, mate, and crew, for the ship, so that, 
  in this respect, it shall be sea-worthy. 
       6.-3. To see the due furnishing of provisions and stores, according to 
  the necessities of the voyage. 
       7.-4. To see to the regularity of the clearance's from the custom-
  house, and the regularity of the registry. 
       8.-5. To settle the contracts, and provide for the payment of the 
  furnishings which are requisite to the performance of those duties. 
       9.-6. To enter into proper charter parties, or engage the vessel for 
  general freight, under the usual conditions; and to settle for freight, and 
  adjust averages with the merchant; and, 
       10.-7. To preserve the proper certificates, surveys and documents, in 
  case of future disputes with insurers and freighters and to keep regular 
  books of the ship. 
       11. These are his general powers, but of course, they may be limited or 
  enlarged by the owners; and it may be observed, that without special 
  authority, he cannot, in general, exercise the following enumerated acts: 
       1. He cannot borrow money generally for the use of the ship; though, as 
  above observed, he may settle the accounts for furnishings, or grant bills 
  for them, which form debts against the concern, whether or not he has funds 
  in his hands with which he might have paid them. 1 Bell, Com. 411, 499. 
       12.-2. Although he may in general, levy the freight which is, by the 
  bill of lading, payable on the delivery of the goods, it would seem that he 
  would not have power to take bills for the freight, and give up the 
  possession of the lien over the cargo, unless it has been so settled by the 
  charter party. Id. 
       13.-3. He cannot insure, or bind the owners for premiums. Id.; 5 Burr. 
  2627; Paley on Ag. by Lloyd, 23, note 8; Abb. on Ship. part 1, c. 3, s. 2; 
  Marsh. Ins. b. 1, c. 8, s. 2; Liv. on Ag. 72, 73. 
       14. As the power of the master to enter into contracts of 
  affreightments, is superseded in the port of the owners, so it is by the 
  presence of the ship's husband, or the knowledge of the contracting parties 
  that a ship's husband has been appointed. Bell's Com. ut supra. 

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