Definition of register ship in English:

register ship

noun

historical
  • In the 18th cent.: a Spanish ship with a special licence authorizing it to trade outside the fleet system with the Spanish possessions in America, in specified areas or countries.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Account Cruelties by Inquisition in Portugal. From register + ship, after Spanish navío de registro.

Pronunciation

register ship

/ˈrɛdʒɪstə ˈʃɪp/