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vkhu
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:05:04 AM
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"By noon the sea went very high indeed, and our ship rode forecastle in, shipped several seas, and we thought once or twice our anchor had come home; [...]."

What does "shipped several seas" mean?

Source: Robinson Crusoe
thar
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:24:01 AM

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To ship water is to have water come into a boat.

a sea is the water - a wave

(you often hear of heavy seas, or calm seas)

The forecastle ("fork-sul") is the front of the ship. If it rides "in" it is going into the waves instead of riding over them - there is risk of the boat shipping water' - waves coming over into the ship.





Or, in his case:
Several waves were higher than the deck level causing water to come into the ship.



That is obviously not good news! Hence the thought 'our anchor had come home.....'
(the ship is going to sink and we are all going to drown)




to ship
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v.t.

6. to take in (water) over the side, as a vessel does when waves break over it.


a sea
Quote:

3.
b. A wave or swell, especially a large one: a 40-foot sea that broke over the stern.
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Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 1:48:53 PM

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