from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A ship fitted for passage through ice.
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The Adjutant had done his very best to describe his feelings after swallowing a seven-pound lump of Wenham Lake ice, off an American ice-ship, in the days before Calcutta made her ice by machinery; but as he did not know what ice was, and as the Mugger and the Jackal knew rather less, the tale missed fire.
The Second Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling 1900
Harbour, lying in wait for the American ice-ship now due, and for several American ships in this port under charter to sea within a few days.