- an armed scow, variously rigged, used as a floating battery during the American Revolution.
Origin of radeau
1750–60; < French: raft < Provençal radel < Vulgar Latin *ratellus, diminutive of Latin ratis raft
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Examples from the Web for radeau
Then three vessels under sail, and one at anchor above Split Rock, and behind it the radeau, Thunderer.
He therefore judged it necessary to build a brigantine, a radeau, and a sloop of 16 guns.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2
In this statement the radeau and gondola have not been included, because of their unmanageableness.
The radeau had six 24-pounders, six 12's, and two howitzers; the gondola, seven 9-pounders.