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Was "slave ship" used to describe a barge/ship being towed?

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Old 30th June 2010, 10:40
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Was "slave ship" used to describe a barge/ship being towed?

There is a discussion on a family history newsgroup about an entry in the 1911 census. Someone in Swanscombe Kent is shown with occupation "Labourer On Slave Ships No Constant Work" at "Cement".

Was the term "slave ship" used for something like barges being towed?

You do get some examples in the census of people taking the p### but this one does not look like that. His father and brother are both "Labourer, does odd jobs" at "Paper Works". He is 21, the only oddity is that his elder brother is 22 and born Bombay whilst he and his father are both born in Kent.

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Old 30th June 2010, 10:57
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Only a guess but Swanscombe was the home of the biggest cement works in the UK.

If the poor bugger was casual labour loading that stuff on to boats or lighters "slave labour" would have been an understatement I should think.
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