Origin of lifeboat
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The method of suspending the life-boat from the davits is shown at B, Fig. 101.Boys' Book of Model Boats
Raymond Francis Yates
So she implored her father to launch the life-boat and let her go with him to the rescue.
Cloete is dragged into the life-boat and the coxswain tumbles in.
The coxswain of the life-boat can swear to it that the drawers were all empty.
The life-boat was launched, and the life-buoy was cut adrift.Gathering Jewels
James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
- a boat, propelled by oars or a motor, used for rescuing people at sea, escaping from a sinking ship, etc
- informal a fund set up by the dealers in a market to rescue any member who may become insolvent as a result of a collapse in market prices
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Word Origin and History for life-boat
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