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[hweyl-boht, weyl-] /ˈʰweɪlˌboʊt, ˈweɪl-/
a long, narrow boat designed for quick turning and use in rough seas: formerly used in whaling, now mainly for sea rescue.
1665-75; whale1 + boat Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for whaleboat


a narrow boat from 20 to 30 feet long having a sharp prow and stern, formerly used in whaling Also called whaler
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Encyclopedia Article for whaleboat

light, swift, rowing and sailing boat fitted with a centreboard (retractable keel), initially developed for use by whaling crews and now used more generally. Its double-ended, broad-beamed design is reminiscent of the old Viking boats; in time carvel-constructed whaleboats superseded clinker-built (lapstrake) vessels. The whaleboat's superior handling characteristics soon made it a popular general-purpose ship's boat, and it now often serves as a cutter or gig.

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