school ship

a vessel used in training students for nautical careers.

1835–45, Americanism Unabridged
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school ship
a ship for training young men in seamanship, for a career in the regular or merchant navy

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Example sentences
In fact, his vessel was used as a school ship and he taught others how to handle and lift such lines and equipment.
We had a school ship, and four students lived on it at all times to keep the systems running and so forth.
Functioning primarily as a school ship, the vessel trained officers and seamen in mine warfare techniques.
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