packet boat


variants or less commonly packet ship
: a boat (as originally a fast sailing ship) chartered by a government to carry mail and dispatches
letters … conveyed by government packet boats or by ordinary sailing shipSamuel Graveson
: a river or coastal steamer usually of shallow draft carrying mail, passengers, and cargo on a regular run
took passage for Boston on the midweek packet boatKenneth Roberts
: a canalboat designed to carry passengers

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“Packet boat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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