from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A government vessel for the conveyance of despatches.


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  • On receipt of the news, however, he sent the despatch-boat out again the way she came, with an injunction to those on board of her to sail off quickly without exchanging a word with any one.


  • As to Etenoicus, the details of the engagement ware faithfully reported to him by the express despatch-boat in attendance.


  • Eteonicus, on his side, as soon as the despatch-boat came sailing in, proceeded to offer sacrifice of thanksgiving in honour of the good news.


  • In 1861, to the north-east of Teneriffe, very nearly in the same latitude we are in now, the crew of the despatch-boat Alector perceived a monstrous cuttlefish swimming in the waters.

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  • There they immediately embarked on board the Tampico, a despatch-boat belonging to the Federal navy, which the government had placed at their disposal; and, getting up steam, the banks of

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  • At Smyrna, all through the sailing season, a despatch-boat was ready to carry his letters to Macedon.

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  • Nothing of interest occurred during the day and a half that elapsed before the departure of the despatch-boat.

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  • English despatch-boat _Nelson_ within reach of their signals.

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  • The _Nelson_ having been only a despatch-boat, it had given them but an indifferent idea of a man-of-war.

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  • Wong, and accompanied him on board the despatch-boat.

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