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 for packet boat
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  packet \pack"et\ (p[a^]k"[e^]t), n. [F. paquet, dim. fr. LL.
     paccus, from the same source as E. pack. See Pack.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. A small pack or package; a little bundle or parcel; as, a
        packet of letters. --Shak.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Originally, a vessel employed by government to convey
        dispatches or mails; hence, a vessel employed in conveying
        dispatches, mails, passengers, and goods, and having fixed
        days of sailing; a mail boat.
        [1913 Webster]
     Packet boat, Packet ship, or Packet vessel. See
        Packet, n., 2.
     Packet day, the day for mailing letters to go by packet; or
        the sailing day.
     Packet note or Packet post. See under Paper.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  packet boat
      n 1: a boat for carrying mail [syn: mailboat, mail boat,
           packet, packet boat]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  19 Moby Thesaurus words for "packet boat":
     carrier, carrier pigeon, homer, homing pigeon, mail car,
     mail coach, mail packet, mail train, mail truck, mailer, mailplane,
     pigeon post, post boat, post car, post coach, post-horse,
     post-office car, poster, railway mail car

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