A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921.
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Sub-order 3.—Builders of Ships and Boats (See also under Metal Workers and Wood Workers)

668.—Other Skilled Workers

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liner-off ; assistant loftsman
a shipwright (662) q.v. who indicates work to be done by marks on structural work already erected on ships.
loftsman, assistant
see liner-off.
loftsman, loftsman and scriever
see scriever.
marker-off ; sheerer
marks off, from wooden templates on frame of ship, positions of ship plates and rivet holes for guidance of ship platers (222) q.v.; cf. liner-off.
rigger, ship rigger, ship's rigger ; shipping tackle maker, tackle maker
erects ship masts and derricks; takes over duties of ship's crew when ship reaches port and seamen are paid off; moves ship about in dock, from one dock to another, or into dry dock for painting, repairs, etc.; splices hemp and wire running and standing rigging, boat falls, mooring and gangway ropes, etc.
scriever, scriever-in ; loftsman, loftsman and scriever
lays off from plans, on wooden floor, specially laid down for the job in hand, outlines of ship frames and plates, scrieves in outlines with sharp screiving tool; also, in certain cases, prepares from outlines on floor, wooden templates for use of platers, usually done by pattern maker (480); marks off Plimsoll line, draught markings on bows and stern; also paints in area limits where necessary; cf. rigger.
see marker-off.
stager, stage rigger
erects staging on which workmen stand to work, except uprights or gunwale stagings which are erected by shipwright (662) q.v. or in Scotland by carpenter (474) hangs some stagings from beams by chains, or builds others outside ship on uprights fixed in ground and tied together by cross beams and chains.
tackle maker, shipping tackle maker
see rigger.
a shipwright (662) q.v. or a plate-layer (577) q.v. who prepares and lays launching ways for ship about to be launched; prepares wooden blocks and builds by hand cradles in which are fixed wedges; places cradles under keel of ship, so that ship can be raised for launching by driving in wedges with sledge hammer.
wire splicer
a ship rigger q.v. who cuts wire with hammer and chisel; and fits, and splices wire rope in ship or boat construction, using pliers.

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From: A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921,
Ministry of Labour, 1927. Digitised by Peter Christian, August, 2016.   This text is in the Public Domain.