from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who navigated a flat-boat: used especially in early river navigation in the Ohio and Mississippi valleys.


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  • I doubt the rascal did not come by it very honestly, neither was a costly bracelet that one of my father's best hands (once a Northwich salt-flatman) brought home for my baby sister.

    Recollections of Old Liverpool

  • Page 269 look after the trunks or locks which shut out the water from the ditches), a cow and sheep-minder, an ostler, a flatman, and a boatman.

    Ten years on a Georgia plantation since the war,


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