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  • n. Plural form of bumboat.


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  • On about two hundred boats, most of them just like our own, what landlubbers politely call bumboats, home and business for the families operating them Skid got down so I could sight along his arm.

    Dread Brass Shadows

  • From there we follow the plentiful signs directing foot traffic to the Pulau Ubin "bumboats," small wooden boats once used to carry vegetables and other light freight that now ferry passengers.


  • Stefen Chow for The Wall Street Journal From the jetty where the "bumboats" drop off day-trippers coming over from Singapore's main island, it's just a short walk to the bike-rental shops.

    Going Back 30 Years, by Boat

  • Late in the afternoon, having landed our prisoners and received the usual amount of visitors, the "bumboats" put in an appearance, loaded with fruits, pipes, tobacco, orange water, and sundries; but as night approached we had reason to believe something stronger than "orange water" had also been smuggled in.

    Recollections of a naval life : including the cruises of the Confederate States steamers, "Sumter" and "Alabama",

  • Stefen Chow for The Wall Street Journal Another possibility: cross over with a rod and reel and do a little fishing Stefen Chow for The Wall Street Journal The bumboats, which once carried light freight, are now equipped with benches to ferry passengers back and forth.

    Going Back 30 Years, by Boat

  • Excellency Baron Pino von Friendenthall, accompanied by the most amiable of “better halves,” came off in his galley, happily unconscious of typhus; and carried us away without the usual troubles and delays of landing in harbour bumboats.

    The Land of Midian

  • Sharpe looked, but all he could see was a mass of shipping far out in the harbour beyond the shallower water which was busy with scores of bumboats, launches and fishing craft.

    Sharpe's Trafalgar

  • A generation ago in Singapore, bumboats floated up to Boat Quay to unload their cargoes of produce and cloth which were sent out into a labyrinth of smoky shophouses and small family markets.

    Presidents Speech To Waseda University

  • Craft danced on its blueness, everything from bumboats shaped like basins to a freighter under sail and a naval dromond with oars in parade-ground step.

    The Boat of a Million Years

  • It's nothing but Tommy Atkins here, and Files-on-parade there; battle-ships "beyant," and cruisers in the "offin '," mixed up with gunboats and bumboats and "gund_u_las," till you would think you were standing on the pier at "Suthampton."

    A Fantasy of Mediterranean Travel


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