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Carley float Line breaks: Car¦ley float
Pronunciation: /ˈkɑːli/

Definition of Carley float in English:


A large emergency raft carried on board ship, consisting of a buoyant canvas ring with a wooden grid deck.
Example sentences
  • The survivors were those who managed to scramble onto Carley floats and were picked up by other ships which, against convoy orders, had stood by the Persier in mountainous seas and force 7 winds.
  • Coward's first script was much too long, but he eventually came up with the idea of the Carley float as a device to flashback to some of the best scenes he had written, focusing on just three of the survivors.
  • The sailor's body was found soon after in a Carley float.


Early 20th century: named after Horace S. Carley (fl. 1900), American inventor.

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