many a veteran seagoing vessel

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Hi, I cannot understand the structure of the red part of the following sentence from "Ladies and Gentlemen" by Joyce Carol Oates. Using "many a" is wired for me! Would you please explain it to me. Thanks a lot.

I am sorry for your inconvenience, but the Ariel is an old ship, bound for dry dock in Manila and the fate of many a veteran seagoing vessel that has outlived her time. God bless her! We’ll not see her likes again!
  • Glasguensis

    Signal Modulation
    English - Scotland
    Many a (thing) = many (things)

    It's a construct which used to be more common but is not often used now, except for poetic or dramatic effect
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