Search new Thames watermen and lightermen records
01 February 2012
We have just published 99,140 occupational records of Thames watermen and lightermen on findmypast.co.uk
This is a hugely useful collection of occupational records, which covers the period 1688-2010.
Further details of the records contained in this collection are as follows:
- The Company of Watermen & Lightermen of the River Thames binding records 1692-1949 82,238 records
- The Company of Watermen & Lightermen of the River Thames reassignments 1688-1908: a list of apprentices who were reassigned from one master to another 12,410 records, including information about both masters and apprentices
- Thomas Doggett Coat & Badge, 'The Hanover Prize': a record of all known competitors who rowed in the annual race 1715-2010 4,402 records
- Corporation of Trinity House: a register of licences granted to ex-mariners to work as watermen on the River Thames 1829-1864 90 records
Our marketing executive, Amy Sell, has found her very own Thames waterman ancestor. Amy heard a family rumour that her great-great-great-grandfather, Thomas Edward Taylor, won the Doggett's Coat and Badge race in 1878.
Amy searched the Thames watermen records and found Thomas' record view it by clicking the image on the right. The record confirms that Thomas was 'Winner Of Coat & Badge'.
Local specialist Rob Cottrell provided findmypast.co.uk with these fascinating records.