Reference Entry

very lights

Edited by Dear and Peter Kemp

in The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea

Second edition

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780199205684
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191727504
very lights

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(pron. veery), coloured pyrotechnic lights fired from a very pistol on board ship in order to communicate with another ship or with the shore. The very pistol has now been superseded by more modern means of communicating a ship's identity or as a ...

Reference Entry.  48 words. 

Subjects: Maritime History

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