gunboat gunboat  /ˈɡən ˌboʊt/


  • (n) a small shallow-draft boat carrying mounted guns; used by costal patrols


  1. The Peruvian gunboat Loreto should not be the pride and joy of anyone's navy.
  2. Another Norwegian gunboat appeared, joining the first to bar the fjord to the British.
  3. Early this week the gunboat Oahu was steaming up the Yangtze, presumably to relieve the cornered Monocacy.


  1. Ohio River island site of Civil War battle

    RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. -- With no coastline and no ocean ports, West Virginia seems an unlikely locale for a battle involving the U.S. Navy. But 150 years ago today, a few miles upstream from this Ohio River town, artillery fire from a pair of Navy gunboats in ...
    on July 19, 2013     Source: The Charleston Gazette

  2. Fighting drug gangs in the notorious Golden Triangle

    A Thai police gunboat prowls the waters of the Mekong River searching for the drug gangs that haunt this territory deep in the Golden Triangle, an age-old smuggling route -- with a new scourge.
    on July 18, 2013     Source: Fox News

  3. CSS Neuse Interpretive Center to hold ‘Soft Opening’

    Moving the remains of Kinston's Civil War era gunboat indoors is a process that has been decades in the making. But now it is just days until the public can see what's left of the historic ironclad
    on July 16, 2013     Source: WNCT Greenville

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  1. In March 1986, Kerry said, during a speech on the Senate floor, that, "I remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. I remember what it was like to be shot at by the Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians, and have the president...
    on Aug 10, 2004 By: John Kerry Source: National Review Online

  2. "Battleships do not normally deliver aid, and this is gunboat diplomacy," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. "It does not make the situation more stable."
    on Aug 27, 2008 By: Sergey Lavrov Source: Columbus Dispatch

  3. "First, I asked my officials to tell me where the gunboat was, and I was told that the boat was somewhere in Liverpool (England), where it would be inspected," Mr. Kabbah said. "Then I realized that my Minister of Health, Tejan Jalloh, had...
    on May 28, 2009 By: Ahmad Tejan Kabbah Source: Patriotic Vanguard

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