from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A row-boat towed behind a steamboat or a small sailing vessel.
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Trouble is I ought to have brought a tag-boat; but they clutch on to the water so, an 'I do love to sail free.
Harry Foster had already hoisted the Starlight's sail with one careful reef in it, and was waiting to row them out two at a time in the tag-boat.
So down came the sails and alongside came the tag-boat; and Aunt Barbara was landed first, parasol and all, and the others followed her.
I got into the schooner's tag-boat quick, I tell ye, and pushed off for her, 'n' she let go just as I got there, 'n' I guess you never saw a more miser'ble-looking creatur 'than I fished out of the water.