"Galley" missing from the OED?

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Wed Oct 26 16:16:38 UTC 2011

Joel S. Berson wrote:
> I have seen 18th century ocean-going ships called "galleys", in
> customs house reports, for example.  But I do not see any sense in
> the OED other than for vessels propelled by oars.  Am I missing
> something, or is the OED?
Ocean-*going*, or ocean-*crossing*? In the Middle Ages, galleys from the
Mediterranean sometimes came up the Atlantic coast of Europe, as far
north as England. (Whether this was true in earlier or later periods, I
don't know; that it was true in the Middle Ages, I can verify.)

Jim Parish

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