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"He says, 'The Tyne seamen wor nevvy do man, And after their best days their country has got, To be a poor sculler is ov monny the lot'". Sculler-man; one who plies a sculling boat for hire [OED]. The reduction of the fleet following the defeat of Napoleon caused great distress in the town. [Ref: Hodgson, p140]. The work of a sculler was an occupation open to a sailor who had lost a leg. Hal Woodruffe has not yet been identified.

 

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