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1. Nautical A small flatbottom fishing boat with a lugsail on a raking mast.
2. Scots A kind of flatbottom rowboat.

[Middle English cobel, perhaps ultimately from Latin caupulus, a kind of small ship.]
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(ˈkəʊbəl; ˈkɒbəl)
(Nautical Terms) Scot and Northern English a small single-masted flat-bottomed fishing boat
[C13: probably of Celtic origin; compare Welsh ceubal skiff]
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OUR charming photograph shows Cullercoats cobles, painted and renovated in readiness for the salmon fishing season.
Fifteen men, out of a population of 398, lost in an afternoon, four of the six Newbiggin cobles destroyed.
| Back after six hours at sea off the North Yorkshire coast at Whitby are, above and below, members of Huddersfield Sea Anglers Club who spent a sunny day aboard the fishing boats 'Martha And William' and 'The Venture', both Whitby cobles (a type of fishing boat).
The Cobles have two sons, Craig, 51, and Todd, 50, both of San Diego; and 14 grandchildren.
Cobles and other traditional craft are launched by tractors across the beach in a number of locations on the North-east coast.
Authentic fishing cobles more than a century old were among the props as the team filmed key segments of the film at Cullercoats, near Whitley Bay, North Tyneside.
In the 19th Century, the peak of the fishing industry, saw the distinctive cobles heading out from bustling harbours.
It was built by master boat builder Hector Handyside of Amble in 1967 and, like many Northumberland fishing cobles, is based on the original design of Viking ships.
The rules looked set to include the small tractors for the launch and recovery of traditional vessels such as cobles.
The 44-year-old from Blyth maintains one of the last remaining cobles in existence along the east coast, which he uses to drift-net for salmon.
It had been feared that tightening EU rules on pollution from non-road machinery could hit tractors used to haul traditional boats across the region's beaches, including the distinctive wooden-hulled cobles.
Tighter European rules on pollution from "non-road machinery" will hit tractors used to launch vessels on the region's beaches - including the distinctive wooden-hulled cobles found along the seafront.