marine railway

a railway having a rolling cradle for hauling ships out of water onto land and returning them.
Also called slipway; British, patent slip.

1815–25, Americanism Unabridged
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marine railway
another term for slipway

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Example sentences
Removes obstructions from marine railway or launching ways with pneumatic and power hand tools.
The dry dock rolls down a marine railway that extends into and is submerged under the harbor.
The new lifeboat was too large to fit on the marine railway and had to remain moored in the water.
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