a boat that transfers fish from a fishing fleet to a market on shore.
a boat for carrying produce to market.
a boat assigned or used to bring provisions to a ship.
Origin of market boat
An Americanism dating back to 1770–80
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Examples from the Web for market boat
About tin years back I was crew to a Sou' Boston market-boat."Captains Courageous"|Rudyard Kipling