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17-05-2009, 5:52 PM
|soapbox|Hello it's Linda can anyone find out some more info on my Grandad Sydney Horace Watkins he was a Waterman Lighterman in Greenwich London he was born in 1883, i have found out his family history, but i would dearly love to know exactly where and when he was a waterman lighterman and what was his duties. Many tanks from Lindan.
17-05-2009, 5:58 PM
I see that Parish Chest has the book "My Ancestors were Thames Watermen" (http://www.parishchest.com/shop/index.php?cmd=viewproduct&cat=&id=P86086&pageOffset=0)by James Legon. It gives a fair old background to the working lives of Watermen and Lightermen and looks an interesting read.
17-05-2009, 7:13 PM
If you google for watermen (move people) or lightermen (move goods) there are various pay per view sites with records.
They had to serve a seven year apprenticeship and there were records kept. Try Waterman's Hall (http://www.watermenshall.org/history-main/)for some history.
BTW the book Jan mentions is very good ;)
17-05-2009, 10:40 PM
This link provides some interesting information too: http://188.8.131.52/search?q=cache:RZ6aQwdWGAsJ:www.parishregister.com/LicensedRiverThamesWatermenandLightermen.pdf+thame s+waterman+watkins&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk
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