small boat


  • Back cover, showing a waterfall; a house; a small boat at sea; decorative initials
    Back cover, showing a waterfall; a house; a small boat at sea; decorative initials
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n small boat a boat that is small
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Building a small boat at Jamestown about 1650. (Painting by Sidney E. King.) Building a small boat at Jamestown about 1650. (Painting by Sidney E. King.)


  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “O God, thy sea is so great, and my boat is so small.”


In literature:

The boats to take off the party were rather small, and several trips had to be made.
"Adrift in a Boat" by W.H.G. Kingston
We will then make the best of our way to the beach, and I will undertake to swim off, and bring in the small boat I saw there.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
The machinery was applied to a small boat in 1788, and with such success as to be tried on a larger boat in 1789.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
A mariner, far out in the Channel, in a small boat, was shading his eyes with his hand and gazing towards the south-western horizon.
"Adventures in Many Lands" by Various
But as it proved, the bumping of the small boat against the sloop did not announce the arrival of the enemy.
"Swept Out to Sea" by W. Bertram Foster
Her crew managed to get off in small boats, but all of their personal belongings were lost.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
In such a case a small boat tied to the roof was their only means of escape.
"The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II" by A.E. Nordenskieold
We've got two small boats with which to ferry back and forth.
"Adaptation" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
There was a moment of horror, and then Clif heard him strike with a thud on the small boat below.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
I wouldn't get into a small boat with these waves so high.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
The small boat was sent to meet him, but Shaw, who we feared was now an object of vengeance, was not sent in her.
"The Call Of The South" by Louis Becke
The captain's small boat still hung in the davits, but he did not need it as yet.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
We shall be in small boats and keep close in to shore.
"Young Glory and the Spanish Cruiser" by Walter Fenton Mott
A small boat with two rowers, and a man in the stern, shot out from the black shadow of the shore onto the star-lighted surface of the lagoon.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
There was a small boat house near the pier.
"Rollo in Scotland" by Jacob Abbott
Lieutenant Maynard came aboard in a small boat and was quite the dandy with his brocaded coat and ruffles and velvet small-clothes.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
The boat on the hurricane deck was a small and light one, and the first officer had it in the water almost in the twinkling of an eye.
"Asiatic Breezes" by Oliver Optic
The men in the small boats were told emphatically that only the highest official could come on board.
"Birdseye Views of Far Lands" by James T. Nichols
I'll send a small boat ashore for you, soon after dark a week from tonight.
"The Story of Nathan Hale" by Henry Fisk Carlton
At one end of this line was a small barrel buoy, at the other the two fishermen in their boat.
"Tales of the Fish Patrol" by Jack London

In poetry:

Then the crew jumped into the small boats
While the Storm-fiend did roar,
And were very near being drowned
Before they got ashore.
"The Wreck of the 'Thomas Dryden' in Pentland Firth" by William Topaz McGonagall
On that strong turbid water, a small boat
Guided by one weak hand was seen to float;
Evil the fate which loosed it from the shore,
Too early voyager with too frail an oar!
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Then Strachan shouted that the "Union" was sinking fast,
Which caused his companions to stand aghast,
And Strachan tried to lower the small boat,
But alas! the vessel sunk, and the boat wouldn't float,
"The Terrific Cyclone of 1893" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then the captain cried, Lower down the small boats,
And see if either of them sinks or floats;
Then the small boats were launched on the stormy wave,
And each one tried hard his life to save
From a merciless watery grave.
"The Wreck of the Steamer 'London', while on her way to Australia" by William Topaz McGonagall
Lotus leaves float on rippling water, flowers shiver in wind.
Deep among the lotus flowers, two small boats meet.
She sees a young man, almost speaks,
then just smiles and bows her head
and into the water her emerald-jade hairpin drops.
"Song Of Collecting Lotus Seeds" by Bai JuYi
The waves washed o'er the little craft, and the wind
loudly roared, And the Skipper, by a big wave, was washed overboard;
Then the crew launched the small boat on the stormy main,
Thinking to rescue the Skipper, but it was all in vain.
"The Wreck of the 'Columbine'" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

33rd Small Boat Tournament Underway.
32nd Small Boat Tourney in the Books.
A small boat capsized, tossing all 6 passengers into the water, near the Hillsboro Inlet.
31st MEU small boat raid.
A small boat capsized off the coast of Oxnard on Sunday, Sept 2, 2012, but its occupants made it to shore without major injuries.
Learn all about small-boat sailing.
As a small girl growing up on the shores of Lake Sammamish, Katie McPhail couldn't wait to go boating each summer.
Port hires harbormaster to oversee small boat harbor.
Sun War Correspondent Dan Fesperman Crosses From Fact to Fiction Again With His Latest Crime Novel, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows.
The American Boat and Yacht Council's Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft with Supplement 52 is now available.
Located in the middle of Chesapeake Bay—by boat or by small plane.
Never wear hip waders in a small boat .
Station Fort Myers Beach small boat crews were also launched to assist in the search.
Chapman 's experience that day was actually captured in a well-known photo of attack, which pictured him being pulled from the water by fellow sailors in a small boat after the USS West Virginia was hit.
A cross between a truck and a boat built by a small South Carolina company is designed to help respond in a new world of increasingly wet disasters brought on by global warming.

In science:

Furthermore, the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury and Venus are shown and associated deities who are travelling in small boats over the sky.
Senenmut: An Ancient Egyptian Astronomer