tramp steamer

tramp steamer
tramp (def. 19).

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      one of the two principal types of merchant ships as classified by operating method (the other is the ocean liner). The tramp steamer, in contrast to the liner, operates without a schedule, going wherever required to deliver its cargoes. The tramp is a descendant of the early merchant ships whose masters (who were also their owners) loaded them with cargo at home to sell abroad, and vice versa. Tramps are used mainly for carrying bulk commodities or homogeneous cargoes in whole shiploads, with each voyage separately negotiated between the ship's owner and the shipper, usually through a broker.

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  • tramp steamer — n. TRAMP (n. 4) …   English World dictionary

  • tramp steamer — noun a commercial steamer for hire; one having no regular schedule • Syn: ↑tramp • Hypernyms: ↑steamer, ↑steamship * * * noun see tramp II, 6 * * * tramp (def. 19). [1885 90] …   Useful english dictionary

  • tramp steamer — tramp′ steam′er n. naut. navig. tramp 17) …   From formal English to slang

  • tramp steamer — /ˈtræmp stimə/ (say tramp steemuh) noun → tramp (def. 21) …   Australian English dictionary

  • tramp steamer — noun see tramp II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tramp steamer — noun a commercial steamship that has no regular schedule or published ports of call …   Wiktionary

  • tramp steamer — A ship which is not governed by any pre arranged ports of call but which stops at those ports for which it has cargo …   Black's law dictionary

  • tramp´er — tramp «tramp», verb, noun. –v.i. 1. to walk heavily: »He tramped across the floor in his heavy boots. 2. to step heavily (on); trample: »He tramped on the flowers. 3. to go on foot; walk: » …   Useful english dictionary

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