lightermen,

Category: People | Type: Glossary Word | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter LIV

A lighterman captained a lighter, "A boat or vessel, usually a flat-bottomed barge, used in lightening or unloading (sometimes loading) ships that cannot be discharged (or loaded) at a wharf, etc., and for transporting goods of any kind, usually in a harbour" (OED).

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