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sampan

any small skiff, widely used in the Orient, that is propelled by oars or a scull

Sampan

 

a general name for various types of flat-bottomed wooden boats used in the coastal regions and on the rivers of East and Southeast Asia mainly for transporting passengers and freight. Sampans are up to 9 m long, and 3 m wide and have a load capacity of up to 80 tons. They are propelled by one or two stern oars or by a straight sail made of mats. An awning or cabinlike structure made of mats is sometimes located astern or amidships; it may serve as a dwelling, store, or workshop.

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Murray ordered a burst of machine-gun fire across its bows; the sampan stopped, and three Indonesian soldiers were arrested.
We cruised on a sampan along the Tan Tach canal, stopping at a rare bee farm, sampling fresh honey and tropical fruits while we were entertained by local musicians and singers.
On the menu After glancing at the dishes on the menu of Sampans restaurant, we immediately booked a table.
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Her pace never slowed, and her toll came to include an aircraft carrier as well as escort vessels, freighters, and even the Asian rowboats known as sampans.
The boats' engines were so noisy that when the wind was right they could be heard coming from three miles away, and, perhaps for that reason, had enormous trouble running down junks and sampans infiltrating weapons to the enemy.
The floating market was still the center of commerce, where boats and sampans gathered to sell their fish, vegetables, and fruit.
Several museums are devoted to ships and seafaring - including whole quaysides bobbing with vessels from around the world - Indonesian painted sampans, reed rafts from the Andes, even an early ironclad battleship.
This reader wishes the study told us more about the men who plied the small sampans that ferried residents back and forth across the river.
Several museums are devoted to ships and seafaring - including whole quaysides bobbing with vessels from around the world -Indonesian painted sampans, reed rafts from the Andes, even an early ironclad battleship.