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bumboat

[′bəm‚bōt]
(naval architecture)
A small boat on which a hoist has been installed for operating dredge lines and handling anchors.
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The bumboats drew alongside with their tarbouched hucksters, lemonade, confectionary and oranges piled in their stern.
With painted eyes to see the way, a gasping one-lung diesel engine, and wooden plank seats, the broad-beamed bumboat is the workhorse of Singapore's harbor.
PALM AND CALM: One of Pulau Ubin's tranquil beaches SKY'S THE LIMIT: Singapore's gleaming skyscrapers CROSSING TO PARADISE: Bob aboard the bumboat over to Pulau Ubin NO CHICKENING OUT: Tucking in to local fare GREEN SKIES: Bob high up in a treetop walk RIGHT ON RATTAN: Store on bustling Arab Street QUIET SIDE OF SINGAPORE: Visit a city temple
We were told, for instance, that the bumboats are often painted with eyes and faces so that they can supposedly 'see' the dangers ahead, and that they were vital to the commercial activity on the Singapore River for more than 150 years.
The current Navy leadership, and its vast attending squadron of contractor bumboats, will respond by furiously puffing the Dragon, warning that the fleet described here would not be adequate for war with China.
But the officers, and also the men, bought stocks of local produce whenever they touched land, in the markets or from the bumboats that flocked round the ships as soon as they dropped anchor.
Just 15 years ago, this was a bustling harbor jammed with brightly painted bumboats.
NEXs have come a long way since the days when bumboats sold their wares to Sailors aboard Naval vessels in the V %DFN W to depend on these unreliable boats to get their personal items while aboard ship.
Leaving the pier, boats thread their way through the throng of bumboats parked in the inner harbor.
Navy Exchanges have come a long way since the days when bumboats sold their wares to Sailors aboard Naval vessels in the 1800's.
As an alternate to bumboats, many Navy ships operated canteens so that the money spent by the crew members stayed on the boat to improve the quality of the food served by the general mess.