EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SHIPPED
The two saddle-horses and a team for carriage use had been shipped ahead.
But when I shipped along o' you,' says he, 'I 'lowed I could cook.
The schooner was wet, and the seas she shipped would put out my fire.
We now shipped together in a vessel called the Jane, bound to Limerick.
The keeper of the rendezvous received us gladly, and we shipped immediately.
On board this vessel I shipped as mate, bound to Philadelphia.
We shipped a heavy sea, that stove our boat, and almost swept the decks.
To own the truth, I was sorry I had shipped in such a craft.
I shipped, accordingly, in the vessel mentioned, as a foremast hand.
This person agreed to take me as chief mate, and I shipped accordingly.
Old English scip "ship, boat," from Proto-Germanic *skipam (cf. Old Norse, Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Gothic skip, Danish skib, Swedish skepp, Middle Dutch scip, Dutch schip, Old High German skif, German Schiff), "Germanic noun of obscure origin" [Watkins]. Others suggest perhaps originally "tree cut out or hollowed out," and derive it from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split."
Now a vessel of considerable size, adapted to navigation; the Old English word was used for small craft as well, and definitions changed over time; in 19c., distinct from a boat in having a bowsprit and three masts, each with a lower, top, and topgallant mast. French esquif, Italian schifo are Germanic loan-words.
Phrase ships that pass in the night is from Longfellow's poem "Elizabeth" in "Tales of a Wayside Inn" (1863). Figurative use of nautical runs a tight ship (i.e., one that does not leak) is attested from 1965.