Full record for ship n.

Definition a spaceship
OED requirements antedating 1925
Earliest cite in J. Schlossel's "Invaders from Outside"
Comment Jeff Prucher submitted a 1929 cite from Leslie F. Stone's "Out of the Void". Alistair Durie submitted a 1925 cite from J. Schlossel's "Invaders from Outside".

Earliest cite in the OED: 1930.

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Citations for ship n.

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1925 J. Schlossel Invaders from Outside in Weird Tales Jan. 6/2 The Martians crowded around that ship after the initial shock and roar of its landing was past.
1929 L. F. Stone Out of Void in Amazing Stories Aug. 454/2 Dick and I share alike in all the chores aboard our ‘ship’. We have arranged to take turns at arranging meals, each vying to make his or her meal the most appetizing, and at the same time conserving the fresh foods. Of dish-washing we make a great ado, jealously attempting to prove our individual superiority in the feat. We are both reading the heavy books with which Professor Rollins so thoroughly stocked the cupboards—books that teach us even more about what we are to expect on Mars.
1950 J. H. Schmitz Second Night of Summer in T. Shippey Oxf. Bk. Sci. Fiction (1992) 172 Eight large ships came individually out of the darkness between the stars that was their sea, and began to move about Noorhut in a carefully timed pattern of orbits.
1989 Omni Sept. 30/1 Fueling such a ship in orbit in orbit‥is necessary.