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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.


(Nautical Terms) another word for tug5



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


[ˈtəʊbəʊt] N (US) → remolcador m


[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.
A towboat that set off from a Cypriot port en route to Spain was stopped by Greek authorities off the island of Crete after a tip off that it was carrying explosives it was reported on Friday.
Bay said the towboat was not a UAE vessel, but authorities have yet to confirm this.
The West Virginia National Guards 35th Civil Support Team is providing support to local responding agencies working an oil spill from a sunken towboat along the Big Sandy River.
By the 1960s, the city was a famous towboat capital.
Minutes before the accident, a towboat operator pulling six barges had turned into the Big Bayou Canot, an area which typically prohibits barges.
Stewart Towboat and barge, which transports aggregates on the river every day, according to the company.
A towboat reported an explosion and sustained unspecified damage, Porter said.
Coast Guard said Thursday that a towboat sank in the Mississippi River near Chester, Illinois, causing it to restrict traffic in that part of the major commercial shipping waterway.
Existing regulations only require someone in the towboat to be watching the rider, require riders to wear life jackets, and restrict operations near marked channels or during dawn or dusk.
The organization has grown to include 10 full-time employees and a fleet of four barges, a towboat, six workboats, two skid steers, five work trucks, and a large box truck.

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