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[Note 279.3] Mogg's Table of the new Watermen's Fares, published in 1828 cites a rate of one shilling per half hour for 6 customers. [ref: Regency Reader website http://www.regrom.com/2017/03/08/regency-travel-wherries-on-the-thames/] This would be very good pay for the time. The fact that the waterman "looks queer...of six good looking customers, and each one sure to pay" suggests that it was not uncommon for customers to refuse to pay. The statement that the customers had "gaffed with him and lost" suggests that they had tossed a coin to decide whether or not the waterman would charge for carrying them.

 

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