a roughly built, shallow freight boat, having a keel to permit sailing into the wind.

1685–95; keel1 or keel2 + boat Unabridged
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keelboat (ˈkiːlˌbəʊt)
a river boat with a shallow draught and a keel, used for freight and moved by towing, punting, or rowing

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It was from this camp that the explorers also sent the keelboat and several
  expedition members back down the river.
More than once, the expedition's keelboat narrowly escaped destruction.
The park also has life size keelboat and pirogue replicas.
Those who visit all nine of these sites will receive a keelboat pin.
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