Full record for space freighter n.

Definition A spaceship primarily used for transporting cargo.
OED requirements antedating 1932
Earliest cite Edwin K. Sloat, 'The Space Rover'
Comment Jeff Prucher submitted a 2003 cite from a reprint of Jack Williamson's 2002 "Afterlife".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1956 cite from Richard E. Lowe's "The Ninety-Minute War".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from Isaac Asimov's "Hostess".
Mike Christie submitted a 1951 cite from P. Schuyler Miller in Astounding Science Fiction.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a reprint of A.E. van Vogt's "Vault of the Beast"; Mike Christie verified it in the 1940 first appearance.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite from John W. Campbell Jr.'s "Invaders From the Infinite"
Fred Galvin submitted a 1932 cite from "The Space Rover" by Edwin K. Sloat (Astounding Stories, February, 1932, 2 months before the Campbell cite above)
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Citations for space freighter n.

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1932 J. W. Campbell Invaders from Infinite in Amazing Stories Q. Spring 195/1 It was one of the commercial space freighters plying between Nansal, Sator, Earth and Venus that had brought the news of this war to him, Torlos explained, and he, as the new Trade Coordinator and Fourth of the Four who now ruled Nansal, had suggested that they go to the aid of the man who had so aided them in their great war with Sator.
1940 Astounding Sci.-Fiction Aug. 50/1 It crept along the corridor of the space freighter, fighting the terrible urge of its elements to take the shape of its surroundings.
1940 Astounding Sci.-Fiction Aug. 53/1 A large blister of metal on the outside of the space freighter stirred into sluggish life, as the ship tore into the Earth's atmosphere.
1943 E. M. Hull Competition in Astounding Sci.-Fiction June 44/1 The debarkation of the space freighter from Earth was in full swing.
1951 P. S. Miller Book Reviews in Astounding Sci. Fiction Mar. 144/1 Nelson Bond lacks few of the tricks of the born story-teller and uses them all blandly and shamelessly in this collection of eleven adventures of his bumbling, gangling hero, Third Mate Lancelot Biggs and his long-suffering fellow officers of the rattletrap space freighter Saturn.
1956 R. E. Lowe Ninety-Minute War in Fantastic Universe Apr. 102/2 Radioman, order space freighters to change their course one hundred and eighty degrees and orbit until you receive further orders.