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LIGHTERMAN. The owner or manager of a lighter. A lighterman is considered as a common Carrier. See Lighters.

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20) Henry Humpherus, History of the Origins and Progress of the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames, 1514--1859 (3 vols, 1887; reprint, Wakefield, 1981), III, 135.
108) RTS accounts regularly mentioned distributors who dispersed tracts "on the river," "on the Thames," "on both sides of the Thames," to lightermen, and to keelmen on the River Tyne.
That the project was about social mobilization can be seen in how the PAP was not just content to clean up the river's chemical pollution but also remove the Chinese lightermen whose lives had historically been bound up with it.