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date: 21 May 2022

convoy, 

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The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea
Author(s):
 Dear Dear, Peter KempPeter Kemp

one or more merchant ships sailing in company to the same general destination under the protection of naval ships. Convoy has a very ancient history and specific cases of ships proceeding in groups under naval protection have been traced back to the 12th century. It is probable that the general principle existed even long before this, mainly as a protection against ... ...

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