Meaning of mercantile marine in English:

mercantile marine

noun

another term for merchant navy
‘‘Ireland, an island nation, was solely dependent on her small mercantile marine and fishing fleet to sustain her with the necessities of life during this turbulent period,’ said Mr McNamara.’
  • ‘The term ‘Irish Registered Ship’ denotes, inter alia, the attribution of Irish national character to a vessel, which follows from its entry in our public records under the provisions of the applicable mercantile marine legislation.’
  • ‘In professional circles of the mercantile marine great importance is attached to the fact that wireless telegraphy has destroyed the isolation of ships at sea.’
  • ‘The Bombay Marine was the fighting navy of the East India Company in Asian waters, as opposed to its mercantile marine.’