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home port

the port where a ship is registered.
the port out of which a ship is operated but not necessarily registered.
Origin of home port
1890-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • There it swings, blow high or low, in sleet and hail, until the ship reaches her home-port.

    Jan Vedder's Wife Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • They stood round it and wrangled about what kind of vessel it was and what was its home-port.

    Pelle the Conqueror, Complete Martin Anderson Nexo

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