from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun On some parts of the coast of England, one of a class of persons employed as non-certificated pilots, as wreckers, in landing passengers from ships by means of boats, etc.: probably so called from their use of hovels on shore for shelter.
  • noun Hence An English coasting-vessel used for all sorts of work.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Prov. Eng. One who assists in saving life and property from a wreck; a coast boatman.

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  • noun Alternative form of hoveller.


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