Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A steamboat fitted with steam-pumps, hose, and other appliances for extinguishing fires: used along river-fronts to protect the shipping and docks.
“Save in the white man's fire-boat which is of iron and is bigger than twenty steamboats on the Yukon," said Ebbits.”
“But the white man would not let him cross the salt lake in the fire-boat, and he returned to sit by the fire and hunger for the country under the sun where there is no snow. ”
“He is on white man's fire-boat, what you call steamboat, only he is on boat maybe twenty times bigger than steamboat on Yukon.”
“Yet on the salt lake had he seen the fire-boat of iron that did not sink," cried out Zilla the irrepressible.”
“He put that in a boat named the Pyroscaphe (from the Greek for fire-boat).”
“Do you know where the 'fire-boat' had been?" he asked.”
“When I am at Prome two weeks ago, the 'fire-boat' of U Saw pass me, and go up the river.”
“He compared the "fire-boat" with the size of his _hnau_, he compared it with a river-steamer which now went puffing past, he described it with the greatest minuteness, for he had lain beside it at Bhamo for three days on the trip before last.”
“There's no fire-boat up here -- there ought to be!”
“Early in the morning, we entered the Southwest Pass, crossed the Bar, and passed the sunken wreck of the fire-boat which the rebels had set adrift, in hopes thereby to fire Farragut's fleet.”
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