- a roughly built, shallow freight boat, having a keel to permit sailing into the wind.
Origin of keelboat
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Examples from the Web for keelboat
Then followed a keelboat race of a thousand miles up 351 the Missouri.The Conquest
Eva Emery Dye
The keelboat Mary Ann come up the river with a lot of travellers.Mildred Keith
Somewhere on the upper river Sublette sent the boat back, and proceeded by keelboat to Fort Union.
Messengers were then sent up the river to endeavour to procure a keelboat; meanwhile all our hunters went ashore.Travels in the Interior of North America, Part I, (Being Chapters I-XV of the London Edition, 1843)
Alexander Philipp Maximilian, Prince of Wied
The new Northwest was settled after the great day of the keelboat on western waters.The Last American Frontier
Frederic L. (Frederic Logan) Paxson
- a river boat with a shallow draught and a keel, used for freight and moved by towing, punting, or rowing
Word Origin and History for keelboat
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