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bum·boat

 (bŭm′bōt′)
n.
A small boat used to peddle provisions to ships anchored offshore.

[Probably partial translation of Low German bumboot, ship's boat, partial translation of Dutch dialectal bomschuit, small fishing boat : bom, ship's bottom (from Dutch bodem, from Middle Dutch) + schuit, ship.]

bumboat

(ˈbʌmˌbəʊt)
n
(Nautical Terms) any small boat used for ferrying supplies or goods for sale to a ship at anchor or at a mooring
[C17 (in the sense: scavenger's boat) bum, from Dutch boomschip canoe (from bom tree) + boat]
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Noun1.bumboat - a small boat that ferries supplies and commodities for sale to a larger ship at anchor
boat - a small vessel for travel on water
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bumboat

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We were told, for instance, that the bumboats are often painted with eyes and faces so that they can supposedly 'see' the dangers ahead, and that they were vital to the commercial activity on the Singapore River for more than 150 years.
While the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) can trace its roots back to the 1800s when Sailors had to depend on "bumboats" that moored alongside their ships to buy personal items, it wasn't until April 1, 1946, that Navy leadership officially created a command to handle the necessary retail business within the Navy.
The current Navy leadership, and its vast attending squadron of contractor bumboats, will respond by furiously puffing the Dragon, warning that the fleet described here would not be adequate for war with China.