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The name given in the Royal Navy in the days of sail to the ship's boats, such as cutters and whalers, which were suspended from davits when at sea and not stowed inboard. They were used mainly for ship-to-ship communication at sea before the use of the jackstay was introduced to pass gear between ships while at sea. When a seaboat was used for lifesaving, it was invariably called a lifeboat and at the call of the boatswain's pipe ‘Away lifeboat's crew’, the nearest men on deck would man it whether detailed as its crew or not.

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