What is another word for merchantman?

Pronunciation: [mˈɜːt͡ʃantmən] (IPA)

A merchantman is a large commercial vessel that transports goods and merchandise across the sea. However, there are several other names to refer to this kind of ship. A trader, a freighter, a cargo ship, or a transport ship, are some of the synonyms for a merchantman. These ships have played important roles in the history of global trade, allowing nations to connect and exchange goods from all corners of the world. Merchantmen can range from small coastal ships to massive container ships, but they all serve the same purpose: to transport goods across the ocean for profit. Despite the various names, the importance of merchantmen in international trade remains constant.

Usage examples for Merchantman

Although she is at a great distance, yet I can make her out not to be a merchantman; and, besides, what does she mean by steering direct for us?
"Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland, Vol. XX"
Alexander Leighton
Let us assume that everyone knows how James Cook, son of a superior farm labourer in Yorkshire, at thirteen years of age apprenticed to a fishing village shopkeeper, ran away to sea in a Whitby collier, and presently got himself properly apprenticed to her owners, two Quaker brothers named Walker, and how at twenty-seven years of age, when he had become mate of a small merchantman, he determined to anticipate the hot press of May, 1755, and so at Wapping volunteered as A.B. on board His Majesty's ship Eagle.
"The Naval Pioneers of Australia"
Louis Becke and Walter Jeffery
The Viceroy pretended to believe that the ship was a merchantman, and not a king's ship, and therefore wanted her to comply with certain port regulations which Cook was of opinion did not become the dignity of his commission.
"The Naval Pioneers of Australia"
Louis Becke and Walter Jeffery

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