A small rowboat, especially one used to ferry supplies from ship to shore. Also called cockleboat.(noun)
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Use "cockboat" in a sentence
"We have put to sea in a cockboat, but we are quite prepared to rough it."
"The Malabar, that huge sea monster, in whose capacious belly so many human creatures lived and suffered, had dwindled to a walnut – shell, and yet beside her bulk how infinitely small had their own frail cockboat appeared as they shot out from under her towering stern!"
""Thaar ain't water enough to float a cockboat; and I'm lookin 'out keerful and feelin' my way afore I plant a fut, you bet.""