flat·​boat | \ˈflat-ˌbōt \

Definition of flatboat 

: a boat with a flat bottom and square ends used for transportation of bulky freight especially in shallow waters

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Courtyard Inn, 121-133 N. Front Street, Rising Sun The five buildings that form the shuttered Courtyard Inn represent the earliest links to the Ohio River flatboat industry that put Rising Sun on the map. Will Higgins, Indianapolis Star, "These 10 classic, historic Indiana buildings are on borrowed time," 2 May 2018 Daniel Jones, 42, was thrown from a 15-foot flatboat and into the river near the Leisure Landing south of Springfield around 4 p.m. Sunday, Wildlife and Fisheries said. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "Man's body found after Tickfaw River boat incident," 30 Apr. 2018 Portland was originally this river town community, a maritime river community, all about the river trade, steamboats, flatboats. Nancy Stearns Theiss, The Courier-Journal, "Portland Museum safeguards glimpses of life on the Ohio River in Louisville," 29 Sep. 2017 Workers on flatboats could barely pass under the railroad bridge at Broadway. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, "There's hope for Houston in the story of Louisville's Great Flood of 1937," 28 Aug. 2017 In this suspenseful novel, May Bedloe, a young seamstress for a theater company that travels the Ohio River on a flatboat, becomes involved in ferrying infants born into bondage from one side of the river to the other. New York Times, "10 New Books We Recommend This Week," 20 July 2017 Hugo and Helena’s Floating Theatre, a flatboat full of quirky drama queens, takes needy May in, no questions asked. Jean Zimmerman, New York Times, "New Novels Depict Valiant Women of Old America," 14 July 2017

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1653, in the meaning defined above

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flat·​boat | \ˈflat-ˌbōt \

Kids Definition of flatboat

: a large boat with a flat bottom and square ends

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