Definition of Carley float in English:

Carley float


  • A large emergency raft carried on board ship, consisting of a buoyant canvas ring with a wooden grid deck.

    • ‘Practically the last men picked up from Repulse were on a Carley float well laden.’
    • ‘The Campbeltown certainly fits this profile, it consists of a hull, five superstructure pieces, weapons, Carley floats, mast, and several other minor parts all cast in crisply molded resin.’
    • ‘The sailor's body was found soon after in a Carley float.’
    • ‘Two and a half hours later all those on or around the Carley float were rescued by a corvette.’
    • ‘Coward's first script was much too long, but he eventually came up with the idea of the Carley float as a device to flashback to some of the best scenes he had written, focusing on just three of the survivors.’
    • ‘The survivors abandoned ship in two boats, a Carley float and a raft.’
    • ‘Although some men were jumping over the side of the crippled vessel, and two Carley floats had cleared the ship, there were a good many still on board, some of them wounded.’
    • ‘The survivors were those who managed to scramble onto Carley floats and were picked up by other ships which, against convoy orders, had stood by the Persier in mountainous seas and force 7 winds.’
    • ‘While eight of the crew probably went down with her, the remainder escaped and managed to get into Carley floats on the water.’
    • ‘He reached him, supported him back to the Carley float, and the men were soon back on board ship.’
    • ‘At about 3.30 p.m. a Carley float overtook us in the race for the cutter.’
    • ‘Some time after these men had been got on board the Granli, while the sea was still rough, with a heavy swell and fresh wind, a Carley float, on which were six men, was sighted.’
    • ‘With a pair or so of Carley floats decorating her side and several overall coats of drab grey she constituted a mockery of what she had once been.’
    • ‘At her stern are the Carley floats and a large deck cargo which lies under tarpaulins.’
    • ‘Only those who made it to a Carley float had any chance at all.’
    • ‘One of the Carley floats was nearby and somebody was offering his hand and saying, ‘Here you are, sir’.’
    • ‘By this time many men had given up, let go their hold on Carley floats or wreckage and sank from sight.’
    • ‘But before I get ahead of myself, I would like to explain that our ship was equipped with Carley floats.’
    • ‘Some of the crew tried to get ashore in Carley floats but were blown past the island, drifted miles to a lee shore and where found by Icelanders.’
    • ‘Immediately men began to abandon ship, jumping over the side to the Carley floats and any available debris.’


Early 20th century: named after Horace S. Carley ( fl 1900), American inventor.


Carley float