from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small boat used in the oyster-fishery.
- n. A large establishment or floating house, constructed on a raft, generally one story and sometimes two high.
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Miss Hendy, digging her spoon into the oyster-boat.
Nor was he allowed to resume his former rank in the party, until, by a masterly piece of diplomacy, he organized an opposition oyster-boat, and a consequent competition, which soon brought Juan Sanchez to terms, and oysters to their just market-value.
He was at the oyster-boat buying his oysters at three o'clock in the morning, wheeled them three miles, set up his board near a market, and began business.
Then he was here some months before with an oyster-boat, pretending to sell oysters.
He was a singular compromise, in his vocation and his equipment, between the mendicant and corsair: I fear he would not have hesitated to assume the pirate altogether in lonelier waters; and had I been a heavily laden oyster-boat returning by night through some remote and dark canal, I would have steered clear of that truculent-looking craft, of which the crew must have fought with a desperation proportioned to the lack of legs and the difficulty of running away, in case of defeat.
"Around the island, up the channel, up the old oyster-boat channel of