One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of various small light boats; specifically †(a) US a boat formerly used in Massachusetts, especially as a ship's boat (obsolete); (b) Caribbean a kind of broad flat-bottomed boat used especially for fishing or to transfer goods and passengers between ship and shore.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in The Boston News-letter. From Moses + boat.
Moses boat/ˈməʊzɪz bəʊt/
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