One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A ship which is moored or grounded in a channel in order to block it, for purposes of war or to provide shelter.
- ‘There was little choice about the type of ships to use as blockships.’
- ‘Suitably buoyed up by our first dive, the team spent the afternoon exploring one of the famous blockships dotted around the ring of islands that make up Scapa Flow.’
- ‘Nasser had sunk blockships in the canal and it did not reopen until March 1957, under UN control.’
- ‘The Tabarka is a blockship in Burra Sound, lying in around 12m of fiercely tidal water.’
- ‘Most divers who have been to Scapa Flow will have dived blockships in Burra Sound.’
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