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1. See tugboat.
2. A powerful, shallow-draft boat with a broad bow, intended to push barges on rivers and canals.
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(Nautical Terms) another word for tug5
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1. a boat used to push groups of barges, esp. in inland waterways.
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Noun1.towboat - a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger shipstowboat - a powerful small boat designed to pull or push larger ships
boat - a small vessel for travel on water
helm - steering mechanism for a vessel; a mechanical device by which a vessel is steered
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[ˈtəʊbəʊt] N (US) → remolcador m
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[ˈtəʊˌbəʊt] nrimorchiatore m
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"He used to bum araound the c'mission houses to Boston lookin' fer the Lord to make him captain of a towboat on his merits.
Steve Reidt needed to buy a second towboat but couldn't find one.
of Eugene; Truckload Carriers One-Three Million Miles, first place to Knutson Towboat Co.
Recently, in Ingram Industries, Inc., TC Memo 2000-323, the Tax Court held that a towboat operator could currently deduct costs associated with periodic or cyclical service and maintenance of its towboat engines, in spite of the IRS's argument that its engine maintenance procedures were equivalent to overhauls.
Opened in 2003, the museum is operated by the Historic DeSoto Foundation and has welcomed visitors from 46 states and more than a half dozen different countries, inside, you'll find within its displays a locally hand-built model of the Sprague, the largest steam towboat oil the Mississippi River, built in the early 1900s.
The captain of the towboat immediately notified the U.S.
Knutsen Towboat of Coos Bay was the prime contractor for the project.
Long after you have passed beyond the novice stage, it's still fun to cross the wake of your own towboat without taking a tumble.
We still don't know how many died after a towboat with two empty barges heading upstream slammed into the concrete pylons that support the 2,000-foot bridge and knocked out a 500-foot section.

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