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The name given to an open rowing boat, pointed at both ends so that it was convenient for beaching either bow- or stern-to. It had no rudder and was steered by an oar over the stern. Of robust construction, they were used for a variety of coastal work which entailed beaching frequently and were modelled on the original whaleboats carried in 19th-century whaling ships.

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