A powered craft designed to push barges. Steam era towboats were sternwheelers. They differed in appearance from packet boats by their squared prow and towing knees (i.e., forward-facing bumpers). Despite their name, towboats pushed barges, either ahead or alongside. A towboat does not carry passengers for pay, nor does she carry freight on her decks.
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