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maiden voyage

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n maiden voyage the first voyage of its kind "in 1912 the ocean liner Titanic sank on its maiden voyage"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st nuclear-powered submarine, the Nautilus, commissioned by the United States Navy in 1954, made her maiden voyage on Jan. 17, 1955.
    • maiden voyage the first regular service voyage of a ship.
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Usage

In literature:

Elaborate preparations had been made for the maiden voyage.
"Sinking of the Titanic" by Various
The maidens waved their hands to the voyagers, calling them to come on the island.
"The Golden Fleece and the Heroes who Lived Before Achilles" by Padraic Colum
But he did not volunteer to be one of those to man the Petrel on her maiden voyage.
"A Far Country, Complete" by Winston Churchill
When the super-plane was ready for its maiden voyage, its crew of three studied it as it lay in the catapult at the portal.
"Spacehounds of IPC" by Edward Elmer Smith
Of course this is somewhat farther than we had planned on going for our maiden voyage, but where is the difference?
"The Skylark of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
A maiden voyager is a sort of pet aboard ship, particularly if he's an unattached youth.
"Little Miss Grouch" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
Naturally, though, it carried cargo on its maiden voyage.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
Her maiden voyage had begun.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
The Great Eastern reaches New York on her maiden voyage.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 6" by Various
The maiden watching and waiting, during the voyage of the whaleship, the year long through.
"A Modern Buccaneer" by Rolf Boldrewood
I sailed on her last year on her maiden voyage.
"Anna of the Five Towns" by Arnold Bennett
His maiden voyage as skipper of his own ship made that reputation for the man.
"The Sea Bride" by Ben Ames Williams
When the voyagers landed, one of the maidens came to meet them, and leading them forward to a house, gave them food.
"Old Celtic Romances" by Unknown
There we stayed until August 29th, when we started for Havre to board the steamer St. Louis on her maiden voyage.
"Under Four Administrations" by Oscar S. Straus
On his second voyage he ransoms a maiden and is cast off by his father when he reaches home.
"The Grateful Dead" by Gordon Hall Gerould
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In news:

Did I mention that phrase was used liberally a hundred years ago by the folks who were selling tickets for the maiden voyage on the Titanic.
Donald Trump makes his maiden (if stealthy) voyage to New Hampshire today but he arrives amid yet more evidence suggesting that he's the Democrats' dream candidate for GOP nominee.
The RMS Titanic leaving on its maiden voyage in 1912 (Getty Images).
Titanic leaves Southampton on her maiden voyage on April 15 2012 (AP).
The year was 2002 and this was to be my maiden brookie voyage of the season.
An auction house is selling a black and white photo of the iceberg that experts say the Titanic struck shortly before it sank on its maiden voyage.
Her mentor Legend hit the stage to send her her off, but not before gushing about how proud he was to have had the chance to work with her during the show's maiden voyage season.
He said it's maiden voyage in late 2016 will be from England to New York.
Unfortunately for Wilkinson, fate won and Titanic II sunk on its maiden voyage.
But, like the maiden voyage of the ill-fated ship, things haven't gone smoothly.
The maiden voyage of an unusual ship suggests promise for alternatives to fuel.
Leif Karlsson, captain of our stricken cruise ship on its maiden voyage for this route, speaks into the microphone as we drift in the waters south of the Philippines.
The steam-powered Los Angeles and Independence Railroad (LA&I) connected downtown Los Angeles with a western terminus at a Santa Monica wharf near the pier and made its maiden voyage on October 17, 1875.
This was the era when wealth equaled celebrity, and the Titanic 's maiden voyage had clearly attracted an unusual number of the transatlantic elite.
The exhibit opened at the Melville Gallery, part of the South Street Seaport Museum, on the 100th anniversary of Titanic 's launch on her maiden - and only - voyage.
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