Definition of touch at in US English:

touch at

phrasal verb

  • (of a ship) call briefly at (a port).

    • ‘No fleet can possibly sail to or return from India without touching at some proper place for refreshment, and, in time of war, it must be equally necessary for protection.’
    • ‘His great fleet touched at the Orkneys, moved south to the Tyne to join with Tostig, and then entered the Humber, menacing York.’