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A London lighterman, c. 1910.

A London lighterman, c. 1910.
A London lighterman, c. 1910.
© National Maritime Museum, London
Repro ID: P39524
Description: A silhouette of a London lighterman. St Paul's Cathedral can be seen in the distance. The lightermen conveyed goods between the ships and the quayside. They took their name from this process of 'lightening' the ship. The lightermen secured the 'free water clause' allowing them to be exempted from charges in the enclosed docks that were built during the 19th century. They were thus able to enter the docks and receive or deliver goods directly to or from vessels.
Creator: Unknown
Date: 1910
Credit line: National Maritime Museum, London
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