Definitions for Collierˈkɒl yər
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coal miner, collier, pitman(noun)
someone who works in a coal mine
A person in the business or occupation of producing (digging or mining coal or making charcoal) or in its transporting or commerce.
A vessel carrying a bulk cargo of coal
A nickname used by the traveller community, referring to a non-traveller
Origin: From colier, from col
one engaged in the business of digging mineral coal or making charcoal, or in transporting or dealing in coal
a vessel employed in the coal trade
A collier is a bulk cargo ship designed to carry coal, especially for naval use by coal-fired warships. In the late eighteenth century, a number of wooden-hulled sailing colliers gained fame after being adapted for use in voyages of exploration in the South Pacific, for which their flat-bottomed hulls and sturdy construction made them well-suited. The first aircraft carrier in the United States Navy was a converted Collier, fitted with a large elevated flat deck, used before the invention of purpose built aircraft carrier hulls. Coaling at sea was critical to navies and speed of coal transfer was an important metric of naval efficiency. In 1883, forty tons an hour was considered fast and it would take over twelve hours to restock half the bunkers of a typical ship, HMS Collingwood.
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