picket boat

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a boat serving as a picket

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As an audacious publicity stunt, and in front of the Prince of Wales, Lords of the Admiralty and foreign dignitaries, Turbinia raced between two lines of large ships and steamed up and down in front of the crowd and princes with impunity, while easily evading a Navy picket boat that tried to stop her.
Most assuredly, he knew, harbor patrol and picket boats would be among the mix, tearing their hair out trying to weed out the good boats from the bad."
But in the pre-dawn hours on April 18, Japanese picket boats sited the ships.
Japan had gotten wind that an American operation directed at the home islands was afoot and a string of Japanese picket boats had been dispatched eastward into the Pacific to act as an early warning system.
The rather dry Initial Reports published do not reflect the reality of the harsh Southern Ocean environment--only by unearthing the "gray operational reports" can one read the stories of picket boats being "towed" by the icy giants and the dramatic experiences of scientists and crews during fierce storms and near-encounters with icebergs, either of which could force the drill ships to abandon sites.