Meaning of ship money in English:

ship money

Pronunciation /ˈʃɪpmʌni/


mass noun historical
  • A tax raised in England in medieval times to provide ships for the navy.

    ‘James I and Charles I attempted to augment their income by raising customs duties, levying forced loans, and inventing a new form of non-parliamentary taxation - ship money.’
    • ‘Thus under Charles I, we have the wonderful example of representatives holding the King to ransom for his ship money grants.’
    • ‘When the ship money rate was extended to inland areas such as the West Riding of Yorkshire, it aroused opposition to the point where the Crown's right to impose it was questioned.’
    • ‘He provides a useful collection of documents on English politics from the ship money disputes of 1637 to the Digger agitation of 1649.’