"Galley" missing from the OED?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Oct 26 16:35:16 UTC 2011

Ocean-crossing, definitely.  The most recent "ship" I've seen also
called a "galley" was in the triangular slave trade: London to Angola
to the West Indies to South Carolina and back to London.  (Definitely
not coastal.)

See also my forthcoming response to Dan Goncharoff.


At 10/26/2011 12:16 PM, Jim Parish wrote:
>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
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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