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ripov Byker Hill: background info anyone? (145* d) RE: Byker Hill: background info anyone? 25 May 13

Keelmen owned the boats that transferred coal from the shore to the merchant ships at anchor in the river. I would guess that "trim" refers to their clean and well dressed appearance compared to the dirty pitman with torn clothes.
As carters would have taken coal from the pit to the shore, carter, rather than cutter, may be the right option for a query earlier in the thread.

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