Definitions

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  • noun Someone employed in the steamboat industry, especially one working on a steamboat.

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Examples

  • In Life on the Mississippi, he wrote that he had “confiscated” the handle from Captain Isaiah Sellers, the legendary steamboatman and occasional river correspondent whose reminiscences Sam had lampooned with wicked accuracy in 1859, and then regretted.

    Mark Twain

  • In Life on the Mississippi, he wrote that he had “confiscated” the handle from Captain Isaiah Sellers, the legendary steamboatman and occasional river correspondent whose reminiscences Sam had lampooned with wicked accuracy in 1859, and then regretted.

    Mark Twain

  • Major Brent took command of the expedition, with Captain McCloskey, staff quartermaster, on the Queen, and Charles Pierce, a brave steamboatman, on the Webb.

    Destruction and Reconstruction: Personal Experiences of the Late War

  • Moore, who is well known as a daring steamboatman, to take her down.

    A Tramp's Notebook

  • He continued in the pursuits of knowledge with these until about his thirteenth year, when he accompanied his father as a steamboatman on our Western rivers.

    Men of Mark: Eminent, Progressive and Rising

  • Lady as she is, and lovely as she is, she's a better steamboatman to-day than -- than many a first-class one.

    Gideon's Band A Tale of the Mississippi

  • These ambitions faded out, each in its turn; but the ambition to be a steamboatman always remained.

    Life on the Mississippi, Part 1.

  • This was distinction enough for me as a general thing; but the desire to be a steamboatman kept intruding, nevertheless.

    Life on the Mississippi, Part 1.

  • And whenever his boat was laid up he would come home and swell around the town in his blackest and greasiest clothes, so that nobody could help remembering that he was a steamboatman; and he used all sorts of steamboat technicalities in his talk, as if he were so used to them that he forgot common people could not understand them.

    Life on the Mississippi, Part 1.

  • They always run to the side when there is anything to see, whereas a conscientious and experienced steamboatman would stick to the center of the boat and part his hair in the middle with a spirit level.

    Life on the Mississippi, Part 4.

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