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Bow chaser


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Bow chaser (Naut) a gun in the bow for firing while chasing another vessel.
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In literature:

This man was captain of the starboard bow-chaser, one of the two long twenty-four-pounders on the forecastle.
"White Jacket" by Herman Melville
He most foolishly kept yawing, to fire his bow-chasers, losing ground every time he did so.
"Sketches From My Life" by Hobart Pasha
Now and then, a fruitless shot from his bow-chasers, reminded the fugitive that the foe was still on his scent.
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
The leading vessel was a schooner, the other a large ship, which was firing her bow-chasers at her.
"The Two Whalers" by W.H.G. Kingston
At length she got near enough to fire a bow-chaser.
"John Deane of Nottingham" by W.H.G. Kingston
Captain Ward only replied with his bow chasers at first.
"The Battle and the Breeze" by R.M. Ballantyne
At length they got near enough to the lugger to send a shot from a bow-chaser as a signal to heave to.
"Won from the Waves" by W.H.G. Kingston
At the very moment you trained your bow-chaser on me, I was thinking of two things.
"The Lady and the Pirate" by Emerson Hough
The other ran while the "Alliance" "fired a number of bow chasers at her" and in an hour hove to and surrendered.
"The Story of Commodore John Barry" by Martin Griffin
At last a shot from his bow-chaser struck off the head of my mainmast, and my gaff came down.
"The Privateer's-Man" by Frederick Marryat
A pet bow-chaser, a 9 or 12-pounder.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Again and again the submarine's bow-chaser fired.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
A minute later the Fort's ancient bow-chaser barked loudly, and pitched a solid shot.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
They dared not even come about to give the saucy sloop a broadside, but could only bark away with the ineffective bow-chasers.
"A Volunteer with Pike" by Robert Ames Bennet
There was no further need of concealment, and the captain gave word for the bow-chasers to open.
"Sturdy and Strong" by G. A. Henty
Cast loose the bow-chasers and send the small-arm men to the forecastle.
"The Dealings of Captain Sharkey" by A. Conan Doyle
We were already within three miles of her, and a pursuit of half an hour brought her within effective range of our bow-chaser.
"Memoirs of Service Afloat, During the War Between the States" by Raphael Semmes
It would not be long now before the bow-chasers might be expected to begin.
"Yankee Ships and Yankee Sailors: Tales of 1812" by James Barnes
She was called a bow-chaser, whatever that may be, and she stood on a pivot away forward.
"Shireen and her Friends" by Gordon Stables
She would soon be near enough to fly her bow chasers.
"The Noank's Log" by W. O. Stoddard

In poetry:

Then Phoebus of the silverr bow,
And Hebe, dimpled as a baby,
And Dian with the breast of snow,
Chaser and chased--and caught, it may be:
"The First Fan" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
There pass the chasers of seal and whale,
With their weapons quaint and grim,
And bands of warriors in glittering mail,
And herdsmen and hunters huge of limb.
There are naked arms, with bow and spear,
And furry gauntlets the carbine rear.
"Catterskill Falls" by William Cullen Bryant