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pilot boat

noun
1.
a boat carrying pilots to or from large ships.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90
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  • The barge and tugs were accompanied by a pilot boat captained by a local river resident.
  • When possible, the staff also likes to get out to the ship aboard the pilot boat to welcome its captain.

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