A low opinion of dumb bargemen from the great writer

I often read and enjoy In the Boat Shed, the blog which Gavin Atkin writes, but I am grateful today to Edith May Trading Company for alerting me to a new post from Gavin about the respective merits of “dumb bargemen” and sailing bargemen in the time of Charles Dickens.   It’s fascinating to read Dickens’s extremely low opinion of the dumb bargemen, and Gavin promises a future post on “his equally determined rant against the selfish and stupid operators of steam launches, which are clearly the Chelsea tractor and jetski drivers of his time.”

Here’s the link to In the Boat Shed to see the whole article.

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Posted on 03/10/2012, in Dumb Barges, River Thames and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. It’s such a relief that Dickens didn’t also hate the barge crews. I think I’d have kept quiet about the whole thing if he had 🙂

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  2. Charles Traill ---- SSBR magazine Editor.

    I have left a response on the relevant website reminding the author that it was not Charles Dickens but his son [also called Charles] who wrote the Dictionary of the Thames. I have referred them to Mainsheet number 92!

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