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  • (nautical) a small boat used for carrying provisions to ships lying at anchor in a harbour
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

BUM BOAT. A boat attending ships to retail greens,
drams, &c. commonly rowed by a woman; a kind of
floating chandler's shop,
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)

Bum"boat` (&?;), n. [From bum the buttocks, on account of its clumsy form; or fr. D. bun a box for holding fish in a boat.] (Naut.) A clumsy boat, used for conveying provisions, fruit, etc., for sale, to vessels lying in port or off shore.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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