The Billy-Boy. 1859. From The Book of the Thames from its Rise to its Fall, p. 453. “Crossing to the London side of the bridge, our attention is again directed to the busy wharves and the trading boats near them: one of these we engrave; it is of a peculiar kind, termed a "Billy-boy," — the sailors' name for a round bow and stern coasting schooner: it is an excellent sea boat, and, from its box-like form, carries a large cargo. These vessels usually come from Yorkshire, but are generally found on most parts of the English coast: their masts '— lower," like the London barges, for passing beneath bridges. ” (453-54).

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Hall, Samuel Carter, and A. M. Hall. The Book of the Thames from its Rise to its Fall. London: Arthur Hall, Virtue, and Co., 1859. Internet Archive version of a copy in the William and Mary Darlington Memorial Libray, the University of Pittsburgh. Web. 10 March 2012.

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