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Dead ship vs Death ship

dead ship—(Nautical) a ship without power:

  • They saw no movement, no living or dead person, no sign of violence; nothing, but the ordered emptiness of a darkened and dead ship.

death shipa ship deliberately wrecked so that the owners can collect insurance money:

  • He is forced to join the crew of a “death ship” … betrothed to the ocean floor in exchange for insurance money.

See also: Ghost ship vs Ghost train