One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small boat carried on board a ship.
- ‘Other features along this side of the hull are davits for the ship's boats, the last of which hosts the buoy line.’
- ‘With two men at the oars, the ship's boat fairly skimmed over the water to the shore.’
- ‘The wooden decking is still reasonably intact, though crowded with fittings to support the ship's boats, remains of davits, and small cleats and bollards for securing the boats.’
- ‘You still anchor offshore, but you do not tender in to the port on your ship's boats.’
- ‘The ultimate was a ‘flogging round the fleet’ with so many lashes given at the gangway of each ship with the victim and punishment party in a ship's boat.’
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