One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘In the 16th century, Acts of Parliament regulated the watermen and wherrymen working on the tidal Thames between Gravesend and Windsor.’
- ‘A gritty community of fishermen and farmers, Hythe has always had its ferrymen, or wherrymen as they were known for centuries.’
- ‘Traditional wherries were converted to carry people by enterprising wherrymen and by the turn of the century special pleasure wherries were built as floating holiday homes.’
- ‘Bexfield is said to have been one of the wherrymen who plied the Yare between Norwich and Yarmouth.’
- ‘Hard times sometimes called for desperate measures, and wherrymen were not averse to a bit of smuggling.’
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