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skiff

any of various small boats propelled by oars, sail, or motor
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A mile below the village the black boy dipped his paddle into the water and forced his skiff toward the bank.
I can do it with whistles", Skiff Miller said proudly.
Would I take him, Scotty, over in my skiff to call upon the harpooner?
Presently he began to whimper, for he was tired and hungry and frightened--just a poor little baby, helpless and hopeless in the hands of this cruel enemy all his royalty as nothing, all gone with the silken finery which lay in the thick mud at the bottom of the Thames--and presently he dropped into a fitful sleep in the bottom of the skiff.
He untied the skiff at the stern, slipped into it, and was soon rowing cautiously up- stream.
Unconsciously I had ceased paddling as the serpent rose to engage my pursuer, so now the skiff still drifted close beside the two.
Edwards caught the painter of his skiff, and, making a noose, cast it from him with all his force, and luckily succeeded in drawing its knot close around one of the antlers of the buck.
He was on the point of making loose his skiff to return homeward when he saw a light gleaming along the water from a distance, which seemed rapidly approaching.
The young sailor jumped into the skiff, and sat down in the stern sheets, with the order that he be put ashore at La Canebiere.
They were now off the coal bunkers of Long Wharf, and the boy put the skiff about, heading toward San Francisco.
I lay down flat in the bottom of that wretched skiff and devoutly recommended my spirit to its Maker.
The old man made me go to the skiff and fetch the things he had got.