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An east coast of England bluff-bowed trading vessel of river-barge build, originally single-masted with a trysail, and usually with the sails tanned. Later it took on a ketch rig, with gaff mainsail and mizzen, and square topsails on the mainmast. Billy-boys remained in general trading use along the Yorkshire coast and rivers at least until the beginning of the 20th century.

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