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First published 2001 (DOST Vol. IX).

(Spinnage,) Spynnage, n.2 Also: spinnadge, spenage. [Late ME spynes, spinace (both 1442), spynas (1466), med. L. spinacia, -um (1295 and 1495 in Latham). Cf. Pinnage n.1] A pinnace, a type of (small) ship. The first 1417 Exch. R. quot. may refer to the name of a ship. — 1417 Exch. R. IV 275.
Duxit ad tronam sex sarpelaria lane … que non tronata posuit in navibus Spenage et Wolf
1417 Exch. R. IV 276.
Willelmus … poni fecit in nave Spynnage … unam sarpelariam lane
c1615 Chron. Kings 180, 181.
The men of weir, perseaffing thir thrie schippis, left thir gritt schip, and vint abuird thair spinnadge, the quhilk our Scottis schippis persewit; bot scho, being werry gude be saill, culd nocht be tane, quhairfoir the Scottis schippis returnit, and left hir, with the loss of tua of our men slayne be the schottis of the said spinnadge

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