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mother ship

noun
1.
a vessel or craft that services others operating far from a home port or center.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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British Dictionary definitions for mother ship

mother ship

noun
1.
a ship providing facilities and supplies for a number of small vessels
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Contemporary definitions for mother ship
noun

a larger spacecraft or watercraft which carries, controls, or launches smaller craft

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Encyclopedia Article for mother ship

factory ship

originally, a large ship used in whaling, but now, more broadly, any ship that is equipped to process marine catches for various consumer uses. It most commonly serves as the main ship in a fleet sent to waters a great distance from home port to catch, prepare, and store fish or whales for market.

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