Once on the glorious anniversary of Yankee Independence, we made the lease of a jolly boat.
My jolly boat was on deck, and I was informed, all my rigging was disposed of.
Both the sailors on board had been drowned, but the Captain himself had managed to make good his escape in the jolly boat.
"You shall, then;" and the captain ordered two men to get out the jolly boat.
Our captain ordered alongside the skiff, which served as his jolly boat, and directed the men to land me at the Great Cave.
They escaped to the jolly boat, saving nothing but their lives.
You had better take the jolly boat, and pick out twenty active fellows.
Just get into the boat alongside, and row to the brig; and tell them to lower the jolly boat and send it alongside.
For the first four hours it was doubtful whether the jolly boat, which was in davits across the stern, would last long.
The seaman dodged, and the cider mug spun into the planks of a jolly boat.
1727, of unknown origin, probably from Danish jolle (17c.) or Dutch jol (1680s), both related to yawl; or it may be from Middle English jolywat (late 15c.) "a ship's small boat," of unknown origin.