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A few months ago (November 2012) I was 'grilled' by the Radio Taxi's Group @rtg_london I pop in from time to time...

Posted by David Styles on 1 April 2013 | 0 Comments In the 16th Century the Company of Watermen were the equivalent to today's cabbies. Created by an Act of Parliament in 1556 and given a grand of a Royal Patient in 1585, their trade like ours today was carefully licensed. They would ply for hire from designated locations along the Thames, with the cry of "Oars! Oars!" which later was forbidden as the cry could be confused by tourists with "Whores! Whores!" When the watermen were not transporting people they would turn their hand to salvage and found a brisk trade in finding bodies, either suicides or those who'd accidentally drowned or been murdered. By a curious quirk of history, the origins of which are now lost, bodies were almost always landed on the south side of the river because the authorities would pay a shilling for a body landed in Southwark but only sixpence f...

Full article: http://www.radiotaxis.co.uk/waterborne-cabbies/

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