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Waterman's cap.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: H3610
Description: A red cloth peaked cap in schoolboy style, from the Waterman's uniform of Henry Hayes of Deptford. Watermen were the equivalent of water taxis rowing passengers up and down the River Thames. Henry Hayes was a winner of the Doggett Coat and Badge Race in 1920. The race is the oldest annual sporting event in Britain, and began in 1715 to commemorate the first anniversary of the accession of George I to the throne. It was organised by Thomas Doggett, an actor and comedian. The race starts at London Bridge and finishes in Chelsea, and is still held to this day.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 4 August 1920
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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