Keel boat

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Keel boat A covered freight boat, with a keel, but no sails, used on Western rivers.
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Usage

In literature:

A few minutes later the boat's keel grated on the sand, and the whole party leaped on shore.
"Sunk at Sea" by R.M. Ballantyne
In the late twilight of an Alaskan summer's day the keel of a little boat grated upon the pebbles of the beach at Klukwan.
"The Trail of a Sourdough" by May Kellogg Sullivan
He reached Oa in the gray of the morning, and the grating of his boat's keel in the sand brought out Fetuao to meet him.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
Sitting almost flat on the surface of the sea the torpedoes from U-boats ran harmlessly beneath her keel.
"Submarine Warfare of To-day" by Charles W. Domville-Fife
Most of the underwater boats to-day sink rapidly on an even keel.
"Aircraft and Submarines" by Willis J. Abbot
The long black hull of the splintered boat, floating keel upward, was only a few yards away.
"Astounding Stories, March, 1931" by Various
I brought my own boat right under the demon craft, and then, tilting her up at a sharp angle, rammed the other in the center of her keel.
"The International Spy" by Allen Upward
The vessel had keeled over so much that there seemed to be difficulty in lowering the boats on the port side.
"Mrs. Cliff's Yacht" by Frank R. Stockton
In buying or making a boat, be sure that the lead along the keel is heavy enough.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
As he was unable to purchase a boat, with the aid of his brother he built one from keel to gunwale and launched into the enterprise.
"The Upward Path" by Various
Captain Metcalfe was informed of his being alongside, and of his having the boat's keel.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 3" by Various
They would have done better had they dived overboard and down under the U-boat's keel.
"Dave Dawson at Casablanca" by Robert Sydney Bowen
Grasping with a death-grip the slippery keel, I hung on to the boat through all the night.
"Maurice Tiernay Soldier of Fortune" by Charles James Lever
In his excitement the fellow let an oar slip from its fastening, keeling him over on his back in the boat.
"The Battleship Boys' First Step Upward" by Frank Gee Patchin
There was only a groove in the rough, pebbly surface, a groove left by the boat's keel.
"Astounding Stories, August, 1931" by Various
It will then be an easy matter to pull the boat up to an even keel, when she may be pumped out.
"Harper's Round Table, September 3, 1895" by Various
He had hollowed it to the shape of the log so that it fitted to it and made it as much like a boat keel as possible.
"The Frontier Boys in the Grand Canyon" by Wyn Roosevelt
Then he heard the keel of a boat grate lightly on the pebbles.
"The Crimson Sweater" by Ralph Henry Barbour
Keel, the bottom part of a ship or boat.
"A Reading Book in Irish History" by P. W. Joyce
And through the dusk I hear the keels Of home-bound boats grate low and sweet.
"Songs of the Silent World" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
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In poetry:

And through the dusk I hear the keels
Of home-bound boats grate low and sweet.
O happy lights! O watching eyes!
Leap out the sound to greet.
"Gloucester Harbor" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
Between them and the ship that staggers on,
The waves like liquid phalanxes of steel
Rise up to bar their way with hiss and moan,
Till the staunch life-boat shakes from deck to keel.
"The Life-Boat" by Alexander Anderson
Away despair; my gracious Lord doth heare,
Though windes and waves assault my keel,
He doth preserve it: he doth steer,
Ev'n when the boat seems most to reel.
Storms are the triumph of his art:
Well may he close his eyes, but not his heart.
"The Bag" by George Herbert

In news:

Keels & Wheels concours features classic cars, wooden boats and more.
He is posing at the bow of a boat being built keel-side down.
On November 1, 2012, Grandweld Shipyards has celebrated the keel laying of the three new 42M Aluminum Crew Boats for the repeat client Global Marine.
Most fin keels actually are retained using J-shaped studs that are cast into the keel and secured in the boat's bilge with nuts.
The boat's keel is constructed with 12 layers of fiberglass mat, and the stringer system is made of layered fiberglass, too.
Tired of playing the role of onboard choreographer, telling your chubby fishing buddies to move from one side of the boat to the other in an effort to keep things on an even keel.
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