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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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In the afternoon the bumboat came off, laden with fresh provisions, and there was much checking and chaffering by the commissariat staff.
Fleet of working craft called bumboats anchors in channel at right
The bumboats, small vessels that pulled alongside U.S.
As an alternate to bumboats, many Navy ships operated canteens or "slop chests," so that the money spent by the crewmembers stayed on the boat and helped improve the quality of the food served by the general mess.
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.
Catch a bumboat to explore Singapore's tiny islands