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Bum-boat

A small wide boat to carry provisions to vessels lying off shore. Also called “dirt-boats,” being used for removing filth from ships lying in the Thames. (Dutch, bumboot, a wide fishing boat. In Canada a punt is called a bun. A bun is a receptacle for keeping fish alive.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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