One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘Before the docks were built lightermen ferried goods from ships in midstream to the river quays.’
- ‘The story of the Thames is a very rich one and the watermen and lightermen have played a large part in it.’
- ‘Watermen and lightermen do a very old and important job in London.’
- ‘The lightermen live on as the masters of the waste disposal vessels and dredgers you see on the Thames today.’
- ‘With the expansion of the Port of London, on the other hand, the lightermen flourished.’
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