Small Boat Types
- Motor boat.--
- Fitted with canopy and are used as officers' boats and for dispatch service. Motor boats used by flag officers are known afloat as barges, and those used by commanding officers and staff officers as gigs. Barges are generally transferred from ship to ship with the flag. Motor boats are not fitted to mount guns. The 20-foot motor boats for submarines have buggy-top canopy.
- Motor launch.--
- Undecked work boat for heavy duty, having square transom stern. they are designed for such services as carrying stores, liberty parties, kedging, etc., and are frequently fitted with special equipment for survey work. With the exception of the 24- and 26-foot launches, all are fitted for mounting a light gun in the bow.
- Motor whaleboat.--
- Double-ended boat which is convenient for a wide variety of light duties. Large ships are supplied with the open type for use as lifeboats in addition to the pulling whaleboat.
- Double-ended pulling boat, pulling 5 oars single-banked (24-foot size), and 12 or 10 oars double-banked (30-foot and 28-foot sizes, respectively).
- Small, handy boat with transom stern, They are pulled by 3 or 4 men, each with 1 or 2 oars, depending on the size and design.
- Light handy boat with transom stern. They may be pulled by 2 or 3 men, each using 2 oars, and are not furnished sails.
- Square-ended, flat-bottomed boat, intended for painting and general cleaning around the ship's water line.
- They are fitted with rowlocks but are usually propelled by sculling.
- Racing cutter.--
- Lightly built boat with transom stern designed to stimulate interest in oarsmanship and for recreational competition.
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