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Thames Watermen - resources and information 02 Apr 2012 06:47 #348

For those researching Thames Watermen and Lightermen, here are some resources : (Please feel free to add new ones whenever discovered).
The Parish Registers Site, also known as Docklands Ancestors, which is on :


They publish a newsletter which can be subscribed to:

Parish Register Newsletter

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Here is a list od some of the resources found on the site:

Watermen and Lightermen

1827 list of free watermen Over 5000 names of watermen!
Apprenticeship Bindings Index 1692-1908
Company of Watermen & Lightermen; Pensioners Admitted for Relief 1794-1837
The Company of Watermen & Lightermen : Reassignment Index 1688-1908
This CD lists some 12,000 apprentices that were reassigned from their original master to another. In some cases to more than one other master

Register of Contract Licences 1865-1926
This index relates to over aged boys receiving a limited licence

Royal Asylum for Poor,Aged,Decayed and Maimed Freemen of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames and their Wives or Widows.Penge,Surrey 1899

Watermen in the Navy c1803-1809 and Watermen Killed in Action, or Invalided from the Service c1803-1809

Watermen Books

Tales of a Thames Lighterman, by Ernest G Murray.

When the last London Lighterman's as dead as a dodo, stuffed under glass in the new Dockland Museum, with his Waterman's badge, cloth cap and choker, tourists may wonder what he was, what he did, and where he went. This is his story - a tale of the Thames in days past: of its people, parties, wharves and docks, coffee shops and pubs, of dear Rosie, and other, different ways.

This book is incredibly rare and this is probably one of the only copies on the market

My Ancestors were Thames Watermen: A Guide to Tracing your Thames Waterman and Lighterman Ancestors, by James Legon. Foreword by Rob Cottrell.

Trueflare Thames and River Medway single CDs

Trueflare Thames and River Medway compendium CDs

Hope that some members find these resources useful. Please feel free to add more as and when you find them.

Peter Hamersley
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