Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A naval escort for a merchantman.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    A naval force, under the command of an officer appointed by government, for the protection of merchant-ships and others, during the whole voyage or such part of it as is known to require such protection. Marsh. Ins. b. 1, c. 9, ยง 5; Park, In,s. 388; Peake, Add. Cas. l43n; 2 H. Bl. 551.