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  • n. Alternative form of hoveller.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who assists in saving life and property from a wreck; a coast boatman.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. On some parts of the coast of England, one of a class of persons employed as non-certificated pilots, as wreckers, in landing passengers from ships by means of boats, etc.: probably so called from their use of hovels on shore for shelter.
  • n. Hence An English coasting-vessel used for all sorts of work.


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