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A cargo ship -- engaged in commercial activities, as opposed to a warship.
The Lord Stewart was 248 foot long, 1445 ton armed merchantman.
He pointed out the disadvantage of a submarine in attempting to stop such an armed vessel for search, and emphasized that armament on a merchantman had every appearance of being offensive.
Early in the year he captured a valuable Spanish merchantman off Ferrol.
She later damaged another merchantman and scored four hits on the Kent Class cruiser HMS Berwick before withdrawing.
In June 1748 FOX brought into Kinsale a French merchantman of 230 tons bound to Bordeaux from Martinique with sugar and coffee.
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