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stern chaser


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stern chaser a naval gun able to fire astern at a ship in chase
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stern chaser (Naut) a cannon placed in a ship's stern, pointing backward, and intended to annoy a ship that is in pursuit.
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In literature:

It was lighted by two large wooden ports, known as "chase ports," through which the chase guns or "stern-chasers pointed.
"Martin Hyde, The Duke's Messenger" by John Masefield
The Jongvrow veered, showed them her rudder, and opened fire with her stern chasers.
"Captain Blood" by Rafael Sabatini
Stern-chasers were similar guns mounted astern.
"Anson's Voyage Round the World" by Richard Walter
I want you to make ready our stern chaser.
"Ralph Granger's Fortunes" by William Perry Brown
It can fire many shots from its stern chasers.
"Ranching, Sport and Travel" by Thomas Carson
The crew of the brig now worked at their stern-chasers with redoubled energy, and our running-gear soon began to suffer.
"The Congo Rovers" by Harry Collingwood
Try a shot at each of them with the stern-chasers.
"A Pirate of the Caribbees" by Harry Collingwood
Our bow gun was fired and returned by the enemy's stern chaser.
"Ben Burton" by W. H. G. Kingston
Owen stood ready, match in hand, to fire the stern-chasers.
"The Missing Ship" by W. H. G. Kingston
We immediately hoisted our colours, as did the rest of our squadron, and returned it with our stern-chasers.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
The enemy had fired her stern chasers.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
The galleon returned the fire with two of her stern-chasers.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Burrows, whose character was unknown to them, intended to avoid the enemy, and was rigging the long gun for a stern-chaser.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
Not even the Portuguese trading frigatta, with their laughable eight-pound stern chasers.
"The Moghul" by Thomas Hoover
The privateer was within gunshot at noon, and, hoisting French colours, opened fire, the packet returning it with her stern-chasers.
"Privateers and Privateering" by E. P. Statham
I don't think that her square sails will be of any use in the future, they are riddled with balls from our stern-chasers.
"A Roving Commission" by G. A. Henty
The vessel had swung round a little, so that her stern-chaser, a culverin twelve feet long, pointed full at the fort.
"With Drake on the Spanish Main" by Herbert Strang
Throughout the rest of the night the transport's crew manned the two stern-chasers.
"A Lively Bit of the Front" by Percy F. Westerman

In poetry:

With no heart for fight,
We take refuge in flight,
But fire as we run, our retreat to defend;
Until our stern-chasers
Cut up her fore-braces,
And she flies off the wind from us poor honest men!
"Poor Honest Men" by Rudyard Kipling