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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SKIPPAGE, n. The crew of a boat.Sc. 1746 Lyon in Mourning (S.H.S.) I. 322–6:
Young Clanranald immediately prepares a boat and shippage [ms. skippage] (Donald MacLeod of Gualtergill in Sky being appointed pilot and steersman). There was still a boat and skippage in readiness for his reception in case obliged to take sea.

[The word seems to have been made up by the writer, Bishop Forbes, from Fr. équipage, a crew, with substitution of *skip < Du. schip, which is itself the orig. of the first element of the Fr. word.]

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