Argosy, as used by Shakespeare (e.g., in King
Henry VI, Part 3, Act 2, Scene VI; in the Merchant of Venice, Act 1, Scene III; and in the Taming of the Shrew, Act 2, Scene I), means a flotilla of merchant ships operating together under the same ownership. It is derived from the 16th century city Ragusa, now Dubrovnik, in Croatia, a major shipping power of the day and entered the language through the Italian "ragusea," meaning a Ragusan ship. The word bears no relation to the ship Argofrom Greek mythology (Jason and the Argonauts). Since "argosy" and "odyssey" sound alike and both refer to ships or voyage by ship ("odyssey" refers to Odysseus' journey, not to his ship, which goes unnamed in Homer's Odyssey), occasionally "argosy" is misused as a synonym for "odyssey," namely as an adventure. The 1940s adventure magazine Argosy fixed that association in many minds.
The word Argosy can also refer to:
* "Argosy" (magazine), an American pulp magazine
Argosy Cruises, a Seattle-based tour and charter company
Armstrong Whitworth Argosy, a 1920s British airliner
Armstrong Whitworth AW.650 Argosy, a late 1950s British civilian cargo aircraft
Armstrong Whitworth AW.660 Argosy, a 1960s British military transport aircraft
*Argosy, the space-navy branch of the Systems Commonwealth's High Guard from the science fiction television series "Andromeda".
** Argosy Special Operations, an elite branch of the same.
* a 1970s brand of
travel trailerand recreational vehiclecreated by the AirstreamCompany
Argosy Gaming Company
Argosy University, American 19-campus system
* two different spaceship types in the "Escape Velocity" game series by
* Argosy as in A Conrad Argosy - book by
Joseph Conradwhich includes many important works such as "Heart of Darkness" and "The Nigger of the Narcissus"
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