from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A horse-drawn canal-boat or river-boat, used to carry goods or passengers in the Netherlands.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A track-boat or canal-boat, such as is in common use in Holland.


From Dutch trekschuit, from trekken ("pull") + schuit ("boat"). (Wiktionary)


  • Here are the clumsy leather-topped coach with its masked occupant and stumbling horses; the towed _trekschuit_, with its merry freight, sliding swiftly through the low-lying landscape; the windy mole, stretching seaward, with its blown and flaring beacon-fire.

    A Wanderer in Holland

  • Katharine and her father, Colonel Easton, were floating along a canal just out of Amsterdam, in a _trekschuit_, or small passenger-boat, on their way to the home of one of Marie's sisters, two of whom were married and settled near one of the dikes of Holland.

    Boys and Girls Bookshelf; a Practical Plan of Character Building, Volume I (of 17) Fun and Thought for Little Folk

  • Suddenly the _trekschuit_ emerged from the trees, and I saw before me an extended plain, a large woodland, and a city crowned with towers and windmills.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2)

  • I was the only passenger, and did not have to wait long; the boatman made a sign, the tow-boy mounted his horse, and the _trekschuit_ began to glide gently down the canal.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2)

  • After we passed this point the _trekschuit_ began to stop, first at a house, then at a garden-gate, to receive parcels, letters, and verbal messages to be carried to the Hague.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2)

  • Yet the Dutch language lends itself to puns: in proof of this there is the incident of a pretty foreign lady who asked a young boatman of the _trekschuit_ for a cushion, and not pronouncing the word well, instead of cushion said kiss, which in Dutch sounds almost the same; and she scarcely had time to explain the mistake, for the boatman had already wiped his mouth with the back of his hand.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2)

  • It was pleasant to see the rapidity with which the man on horseback and another man, who was always on guard, handled the cords to let the _trekschuit_ pass, and how the two conductors made room for each other when two _trekschuiten_ met, the one passing his rope under that of the other without speaking a word, without greeting each other even with a smile, as if gravity and silence were obligatory.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2)

  • Esquiros defined it as "the genius of ancient Holland floating on the waters;" and, in fact, any one who has not travelled in a _trekschuit_ is not acquainted with Dutch life under its most original and poetic aspect.

    Holland, v. 1 (of 2)

  • When the tow-boy of the approaching boat reached a certain point, he stopped his team, and the _trekschuit_ horses passed over it, as the rope slacked.

    Dikes and Ditches Young America in Holland and Belguim

  • From this point the tourists were conveyed by the steamer to Waterland, from which they were to proceed by _trekschuit_ to Broek.

    Dikes and Ditches Young America in Holland and Belguim


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