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From cog (“a small boat”).
cockboat (plural cockboats)
- (nautical) A small rowing boat, especially one pulled behind a larger ship, or used to ferry goods between a ship and the shore.
- 1874, Marcus Clarke, “Chapter V”, in For the Term of His Natural Life:
- The Malabar, that huge sea monster, in whose capacious belly so many human creatures lived and suffered, had dwindled to a walnut-shell, and yet beside her bulk how infinitely small had their own frail cockboat appeared as they shot out from under her towering stern!