Ship to Shoe
Ship (the device of Paris). Sauval says, L'île de la cité est faite comme un grand navire enfoncé dans la
vase, et échoué au fil de l'eau vers le milieu de la Seine. This form of a ship struck the heraldic scribes,
who, in the latter half of the Middle Ages, emblazoned it in the shield of the city. (See Vengeur .)
Ship Letters These are to indicate when a ship is fully laden, and this depends on its destination.
Ship-shape As methodically arranged as things in a ship; in good order. When a vessel is sent out temporarily rigged, it is termed jury-rigged (i.e. jour-y, meaning pro tem., for the day or time being). Her rigging is completed while at sea, and when the jury-rigging has been duly changed for ship-rigging, the vessel is in ship-shape, i.e. due or regular order.
Ship of the Desert The camel.
Three thousand camels his rank pastures fed,Ships There are three ships often confounded, viz. the Great Harry, the Regent, and the Henry Grâce de Dieu.
The GREAT HARRY was built in the third year of Henry VII. (1488). It was a two-decker with three masts, and was accidentally burnt at Woolwich in 1553.
The REGENT was burnt in 1512 in an engagement with the French.
The HENRY GRÂCE DE DIEU was built at Erith in 1515. It had three decks and four masts. It was named Edward, after the death of Henry VIII. in 1547. There is no record of its destruction.
Though we are not acquainted with all the particular ships that formed the navy of Henry VIII., we know that among them were two very large ones. viz. the Regent, and the Henry Grace de Dieu. The former being burnt in 1512, in an engagement with the French, occasioned Henry to build the latter.- Willet: Naval Architecture, xi. 158.Ships of the Line Men-of-war large enough to have a place in a line of battle. They must not have less than two decks or two complete tiers of guns.
Shire and County. When the Saxon kings created an earl, they gave him a shire or division of land
to govern. At the Norman conquest the word count superseded the title of earl, and the earldom was
called a county. Even to the present hour we call the wife of an earl a countess. (Anglo-Saxon, scire,
from sciran, to divide.)
Shire Horses originally meant horses bred in the midland and eastern shires of England, but now mean
any draught-horses of a certain character which can show a registered pedigree. The sire and dam,
with a minute description of the horse itself, its age, marks, and so on, must be shown in order to prove
the claim of a shire horse. Shire horses are noted for their great size, muscular power, and beauty
of form; stallions to serve cart mares.
Shirt (See Nessus .)
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