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dispatch boat

noun, Nautical.
a small, fast boat used for delivering dispatches.
Origin of dispatch boat
1785-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • When I made his acquaintance he was commanding a dispatch-boat, carrying sixty men and four cannons.

  • The fight that ensued had continued for perhaps half an hour, when the quartermaster reported the dispatch-boat approaching.

  • By this time the dispatch-boat was ready to return, and I went back to Chickasaw Landing.

  • Two days afterward the dispatch-boat came alongside, on her way up the river, and the major took passage on her for Cairo.

  • As soon as possible I took a dispatch-boat thence to Washington City.

  • The dispatch-boat had scarcely left the Boxer, when the officer of the deck reported a canoe approaching.

  • This meeting between General Buell and myself was on the dispatch-boat used to run between the landing and Savannah.

  • A few hours later the dispatch-boat Diligent came up, and brought the news that Vicksburg had surrendered.

  • But Sylvius Hogg did not confine his efforts to the expedition undertaken by the dispatch-boat "Telegraph."

    Ticket No. "9672" Jules Verne

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