1) Originally one of the small boats used on the ‘Vlie’ or channel leading out of the Zuyder Zee (OED).

The word passed into several European languages and it was used in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries for fast-sailing cargo vessels: 1618 Cornelius Saweres, master and part owner of the ship or fleboat Leo, Hull: 1688 Mr Ed. Bower, Deales in the Street which came out of a fly bote taken att sea, Bridlington.

places Bridlington Hull
dates 1618 1688

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