In comparison to the latter she seemed like a ship's jolly-boat.
An old term for a captain's boat, the original of jolly-boat.
They looked down the creek and saw the jolly-boat approaching.
Of those who entered the jolly-boat of the Swordfish, only five reached the land.
Loose ordered the jolly-boat to be hove overboard, and we put tackles over the long-boat to save ourselves.
The ship was hove-to, and the pinnace and jolly-boat were sent on shore with casks.
Waiting was a strain; and it was decided that Hunter and I should go ashore with the jolly-boat, in quest of information.
We had three boats—the long-boat, the jolly-boat, and a skiff.
Sentry, send the officer on deck to man the jolly-boat, and tell Mr Dott to come here immediately.
The captain made a sign, and the jolly-boat entered the channel.
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.