Full record for boat n.

Definition = spaceship
OED requirements antedating 1930
Earliest cite Edward E. Smith, 'Skylark Three'
Comment Fred Galvin submitted a 1930 cite from Edward E. Smith's "Skylark Three".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1952 cite from James Blish's "Bridge".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from Poul Anderson's "Interloper".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1951 cite from Eric Frank Russell's "Ultima Thule".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1941 cite from Carl Selwyn's "Ice Planet".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1939 cite from Lloyd Arthur Eshbach's "Mutineers of Space".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1940 cite from Lee Gregor's "Flight to Galileo".
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Citations for boat n.

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1930 Amazing Stories Sept. 545/2 ‘Since you're not familiar with the controls of a ship of this type, youneed practise. Shoot us up around that moon over there and bring us backto this spot.’‘She's a sweet-handling boat—easy like a bicycle,’ declared Loring as hebrought the vessel lightly to a landing upon their return.
1952 Astounding Sci. Fiction Feb. 75/1 The ship that landed as he was going on duty did nothing to lighten the load on his heart. In shape it was not distinguishable from any of the long-range cruisers which ran the legs of the Moon-Mars-Belt-Ganymede trip. But it grounded its huge bulk with less visible expenditures of power than one of the little intersatellary boats.
2001 Cult Times Feb. 19/1 If you're not strong in your game of endowing other people with confidence and assuring them that you know what you're doing, people tend to jump off the boat.