whaleboat


whaleboat
/hwayl"boht', wayl"-/, n.
a long, narrow boat designed for quick turning and use in rough seas: formerly used in whaling, now mainly for sea rescue.
[1665-75; WHALE1 + BOAT]

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boat
      light, swift, rowing and sailing boat fitted with a centreboard (retractable keel), initially developed for use by whaling crews and now used more generally. Its double-ended, broad-beamed design is reminiscent of the old Viking boats; in time carvel-constructed whaleboats superseded clinker-built (lapstrake) vessels. The whaleboat's superior handling characteristics soon made it a popular general-purpose ship's boat, and it now often serves as a cutter or gig.

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