towboat

noun
tow·​boat | \ˈtō-ˌbōt \

Definition of towboat 

1 : tugboat

2 : a compact shallow-draft boat with a squared bow designed and fitted for pushing tows of barges on inland waterways

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Two towboats have guided the barge down the Mississippi River and are towing it up the Ohio River to its temporary construction site in Covington. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "BB Riverboats new Ohio River cruise hub and bar arrives July 4," 3 July 2018 According to a statement from regional emergency officials, a barge being pulled by a towboat collided with a paddleboat carrying 16 people on a sightseeing tour. Fox News, "11 dead as boats collide in Russian city hosting World Cup," 13 June 2018 Twice a year, this towboat turns into a floating hotel and conference center to allow the public to vent to the seven people with power to chart the river's future. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Taming the mighty Mississippi: Troubles run deep in changing national waterway," 17 Mar. 2018 Not far from the mat-sinking unit, on a stifling summer day in Vicksburg, more than 100 people climbed aboard the nation's largest towboat, the M/V Mississippi, and took refuge in the air conditioning of the vessel's ornate meeting room. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Taming the mighty Mississippi: Troubles run deep in changing national waterway," 17 Mar. 2018 What the train’s passengers didn’t know was that minutes before the derailment, the towboat MV Mauvilla was lugging six barges loaded with coal and cement up the river to Birmingham. Marwa Eltagouri, Washington Post, "The deadliest bridge collapses in U.S. history," 16 Mar. 2018 The 2½-day session is held in Houston at least once a year to bring together the towboat industry, Coast Guard and Houston Pilots. Andrea Rumbaugh, The Seattle Times, "Communication key to monitoring Houston Ship Channel traffic," 14 Jan. 2018 Higman's fleet consists of 159 inland tank barges, with 4.8 million barrels of capacity, and 75 inland towboats. Andrea Rumbaugh, Houston Chronicle, "Kirby Corp. to acquire Higman Marine," 5 Feb. 2018 Three people were killed and five others injured after an explosion on a docked towboat on the Tennessee River in Kentucky on Friday, a U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman said. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "3 killed, 5 injured after explosion on towboat in Kentucky, Coast Guard says," 19 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of towboat

1815, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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