Definition of blockship in English:



  • A ship which is moored or grounded in a channel in order to block it, for purposes of war or to provide shelter.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was little choice about the type of ships to use as blockships.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nasser had sunk blockships in the canal and it did not reopen until March 1957, under UN control.’