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A light flat-bottomed riverboat used in Canada.
- ‘The bateau was a unique and distinctive feature of north woods river driving, that is getting logs downstream from the woods to mills, railroads, and communities for use.’
- ‘Riverboats eclipsed canoes in the early nineteenth century, the 12-15 ton carrying capacity of the bateau proving more alluring than the five tons carried by the largest canoe.’
- ‘Cajun boaters invented a flatboat called the bateau, to pass through shallow swamps.’
- ‘In addition to revealing the lives of black schooner and lightermen, Cecelski discusses canal building, bateaux boating, rafting, levee work, and various kinds of fishing.’
- ‘As night fell, the wind began to howl and snow and sleet battered the bateaux wherein Washington's amphibious force sat, prepared to fight.’
Early 18th century: French, ‘boat’.
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