from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The business of a bumboat-man (or -woman).
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Her father kept a coal-shed at Sheerness, and her mother was in the habit of bumboating, as it is termed, or supplying the ships at that port with the necessary articles of wearing apparel, &c.
Joey looked over it, and was quite at home; it was only bumboating on a large scale.