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long +‎ boat


longboat (plural longboats)

  1. (nautical) Among the boats carried by a ship the largest, thus the most capable of boats carried on a ship.
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe, London: W. Taylor, p. 22,[1]
      But our Patron, warn’d by this Disaster, resolved to take more Care of himself for the future; and having lying by him the Long-Boat of our English Ship that he had taken, he resolved he would not go a fishing any more without a Compass and some Provision []
    • 1726, Jonathan Swift, Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, Part II, Chapter 1, pp. 5-6,[2]
      We cast Anchor within a League of this Creek, and our Captain sent a dozen of his Men well armed in the Long Boat, with Vessels for Water, if any could be found.
    • 1838, Edgar Allan Poe, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, London: John Cunningham, 1841, Chapter 8, p. 31,[3]
      So far we had had reason to rejoice in the escape of our longboat, which had received no damage from any of the huge seas which had come on board.
    • 1896, H. G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau, Chapter 1,[4]
      The longboat, with seven of the crew, was picked up eighteen days after by H. M. gunboat Myrtle, and the story of their terrible privations has become quite as well known as the far more horrible Medusa case.


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