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Originally a cutter or ketch-rigged sailing vessel, normally from about 15 to 20 tons, used for inshore fisheries. In older days it was often known as, and rigged as, a hoy, and during the 18th and 19th centuries in Britain they were sometimes used as tenders in the king's service, particularly in the service of Customs and Excise. Today, the word is frequently used as a generic term for all small fishing craft.

Subjects: Maritime History.


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