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Catherine Hardiman and Cathy Heavers hatched their plan to give a fillip to the local economy at the school gate in Llanfairfechan where Catherine's daughter and Cathy's boys are pupils.
The cast of characters is seen alongside numerous river craft including barques, barges, tugboats, wherries, steamers, schooners, oyster smacks, sail boats, skiffs, colliers, coal heavers, rowing boats, paddle steamers, passenger ferries, yawls, and all manners of sculls.
There were still some reserved occupations, not least at Liverpool's docks where it was ruled men in 16 professions - including dock labourers, coal heavers, carters, ropemakers and shoeing smiths - could only be put in the Army Reserve.