- a boat carrying pilots to or from large ships.
Origin of pilot boat
First recorded in 1580–90
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Examples from the Web for pilot boat
Or would they stand on their dignity and order the pilot-boat to sheer off?William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
There was a number on her sail, which indicated that she was a pilot-boat.Up the River
"Recall the pilot-boat, Mr. Carvel," said the commodore, quietly.
"Lunt has not come back with the pilot-boat, Carvel," said he.
About ten o'clock a pilot-boat came alongside and left a pilot.Eli and Sibyl Jones
Rufus Matthew Jones