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San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Watermen -- The Thames must have been a wonderful and busy place with hundreds of watermen at work. This gives an idea of the importance of the watermen in Pepys' time.

Records of the Company of Waterman and Lightermen at Guildhall Library

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Mr. White was an influential man, and well known to Pepys and Sandwich:

"Thursday 9 May 1661 ... I went to Whitehall and there spoke with my Lord at his lodgings, and there being with him my Lord Chamberlain, I spoke for my old waterman Payne, to get into White’s place, who was waterman to my Lord Chamberlain, and is now to go master of the barge to my Lord to sea, and my Lord Chamberlain did promise that Payne should be entertained in White’s place with him."

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