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 Ship (the device of Paris).Ship-shape. 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Ship Letters.
These are to indicate when a ship is fully laden, and this depends on its destination.   1
   F.W. (Fresh Water line), i.e. it may be laden till this mark touches the water when loading in a fresh-water dock or river.   2
   I.S. (Indian Summer line). It was to be loaded to this point in the Indian seas in summer time.   3
   S. The summer draught in the Mediterranean.   4
   W. The winter draught in the Mediterranean.   5
   W.N.A. (Winter North Atlantic line).   6

 Ship (the device of Paris).Ship-shape. 


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