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Whelps

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Fifth-rate men of war. Thus, in Howell’s letters we read, “At the return of this fleet two of the whelps were cast away”; and in the Travels of Sir W. Brereton we read, “I went aboard one of the king’s ships, called the ninth whelp, which is … . 215 ton and tonnage in king’s books.” In Queen Elizabeth’s navy was a ship called Iron’s Whelp, and her navy was distinguished as first, second … tenth whelp.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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