Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A steamboat fitted with an apparatus for removing snags or other obstacles to navigation from river-beds.
“About Sioux City, the Government operates a snag-boat, the _Mandan_, at an expense ridiculously disproportionate to its usefulness.”
“To be master of the _Atom I_ seemed quite enough; but to be the really truly captain of a big red and white snag-boat -- it must have been overwhelming!”
“And now before us lay the impossible as plainly pointed out, not only by local talent, but by no less a man that the august captain of a government snag-boat.”
“This particular snag-boat, I learned afterward in the course of a long cruise behind her, holds the snag-boat record.”
“At that moment I almost understood the snag-boat captain's bearing.”
“The wind said we couldn't and our muscles said we shouldn't, and the snag-boat captain had said we couldn't get down -- so we went on.”
“Between the prophecy of the snag-boat captain and my vainglorious answer at the Cheyenne crossing, I learned to respect the words of the man who invented the eccentric old river.”
“Now a government snag-boat may be defined as a boat maintained by the government for the sole purpose of sailing the river _and dodging snags_.”
“Horace Bixby, at eighty-one, was still young, and piloting a government snag-boat.”
“This was the same snag-boat which three months before had been suggested for alteration by Eads, and refused by the army's agent.”
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