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From: Mathieson Rodger <>
Subject: [LKS] Hammerman
Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 12:13:05 +0000 (GMT)

For Kieran,

The Hammerman in a shipyard was the chap who Flattened the end of the red hot rivets after they had been inserted into the drilled holes in the steel sheets used to for the ship's construction. This would be either the main hull or any of the metal superstructure.

Many of the shipyard workers were itinerant therefore they would be in need of lodgings close to the various yards where they could find work. Many of these 'sprung-up' around the yards and were quite often run by Widows who had been left a house. It was a good living for the Boarding House Owner because as many workers as possible were 'squeezed-in'!


Mathieson Rodger, Birmingham UK

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