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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
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.)   1
 


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