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BUMBOAT

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Originally appearing in Volume V04, Page 796 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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BUMBOAT,a small boat which carries vegetables, provisions, &c.; to ships lying in port or off the shore. The word is probably connected with the Dutch bumboat or boomboot, a broad Dutch fishing-boat, the derivation of which is either from boom, cf. Ger. bourn, a tree, or from bon, a place in which fish is kept alive; and boot, a boat. It appears first in English in the Trinity House By-laws of 1685 regulating the scavenging boats attending ships lying in the Thames.
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