- (formerly) the largest boat carried by a sailing ship.
Origin of longboat
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Examples from the Web for longboat
So, in the longboat, which was provided with a sail, they started.
A hundred miles they sailed in the longboat and, at last, the second island was sighted.
The survivors ran her in after dark, anchored, and reached shore in the longboat.
The Dutch crew was ordered into the longboat, and bidden go to the devil.Captain Blood
I like to think that I was in no hurry to get into the longboat.A Day's Ride
Charles James Lever
- the largest boat carried aboard a commercial sailing vessel
- another term for longship
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