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From: Jamie Lees <>
Subject: [LKS] Re: Hammerman
Date: Tue, 21 Jan 2003 14:39:08 -0500
My great grandfather was an apprentice riviter on the 1901 census in Dundee
Scotland. Once he immigrated to Canada he worked as a Riviter and (later
the Supervisor at Kingston Dry Dock). On one of his children's birth certs
in 1914, it has him down as a Boiler Maker. So I think the debate is still
> Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 18:49:49 -0700
> Subject: LANARK-D Digest V03 #30
> Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 16:45:25 EST
> Subject: [LKS] Re: LANARK-D Digest V03 HAMMERMAN.
> Hi Folks, my Grandfather, and his father before him, were both hammermen at
> Marshall & Anderson's Boiler Works in Carfin, Motherwell. They both classed
> themselves as blacksmiths and were journeymen.
> I have to disagree with you Matt on this one. Someone who worked with rivets
> was a riveter, work which required great skill and was a "trade". The man who
> worked on the other side of the plate being riveted was called a "riveters
> holder-on". This was also a trade in it's own right, extremely hard and
> difficult work. Usually if a hammermen worked in the shipyards he worked on
> the ships boilers.
> Come on you lot, it's ages since we've had a real "discussion" on the List.
> It's not as much fun as it used to be!
> Cheers y'all.
> Jim Leonard.