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vicente  •  Link

Hoy: a small sloop rigged coasting ship also a heavy barge for bulky cargo. [md hoei me,fr] of course- " a hoy there" and a "hoyden" for lout or better yet, a girl or women of the saucy kind
then Lambs essay for later.
"Can I forget thee, thou old Margate Hoy, with thy weatherbeaten, sun-burnt captain, and his rough accommodation "
later by charles lamb 1775-1834

Mary  •  Link

Earliest reference to a hoy in English
comes in the Paston Letters (1495) "an hoy of Dorderyght" (Dordrecht).

vicente  •  Link

many references to the Margate hoy:
The sailing hoys, regularly plying their trade between Margate and London with their cargoes of vegetables, barley and fish, made Margate into one of the first seaside resorts. The privileged classes of the day adored Margate for its safe stretches of sand, temperate climate and close proximity to London. It used to take up to ten hours to reach Margate from London in a sailing hoy.
a hoy is a small vessel, usually rigged as a sloop, employed in carrying passengers and goods short distances along the seacoast
So packed up all my little odds and ends,
Took silent leave of all my Margate friends,
And sought a gallant Vessel

vicente  •  Link

Hoy appears to be a coastal/river one masted ship for moving goods and Humans locally: see painting .
A famous one appears to the one that connected London to Margate, [Margate Hoy, see Lamb] there were others for the other Cinque ports, then the goods and people were transferred to cross channel vessels and then ferried to the Continent.
Greeting of another ship, From Sams book of Seamans Grammar:

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

Hoy: The Dutch had a {Brezzan} Hoy
Lenght 48', Beam 14' Depth 5 foot 30 tons with single mast, Gaft rigged with Stay sail, Headsail and Spirit sail.
my take: The Word 'hoy' be Spanish meaning day, be applied to a boat that would be only used in day light hours, i.e. a day boat. Then became general usage for boats that be scared of the dark, like we use the word hoover etc.
another missing ref http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1660/05/11/

dirk  •  Link

"hoy" be Spanish meaning day...

Not exactly. "Hoy" (from the Latin "hodie") means "today". "Day" in Spanish is "día".

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

hoy; adv. - este dia, now {aday} It be like the English misusing Char {lady} for T, Te, Tea, Tay, chai, to wash the tea cups, as there be no love lossed with The Spanish at that time, in my petite mind it make sense to misuse the superiors word in a rather bad way.
As the boat be only used for day travel [now].

Bill  •  Link

HOY, a small Bark.
---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1675.

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