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coals cost in the year 1813, £3 16s. 3d., made up from the following incidental expenses upon freighting a vessel:—
£ 8.
Freight per chaldron......
... 1 18
Nesham Main, at
... 0 17
King's Duty, at
... 0 10
Town Duty, at...
... 0 3
Spoutage at Newcastle, ditto ...
... 0 0
Cartage from beach, ditto
... 0 4
Metage and trimming, ditto ...
... 0 1
Ramsgate and Dover lights, ditto
... 0 2
Beer to men, at...
... 0 0
£3 16
Beyond Mr Male's house before-mentioned was his extensive rope walks, extending east and west, parallel with the sea, and we may imagine from the number of fishing craft belonging to the town, coupled with the fact that hemp grew close at hand, that he must have done an extensive trade. On reference to the Court Bolls it will be found that most of the ground now occupied by Black Lion Street and Ship Street was called the hemp shares, being at that time plots or gardens for the exclusive use of the fishermen. Besides these plots the ground on which stands Brunswick Square and Terrace, &c, was devoted to the growing of flax, for the use likewise of the fishermen. It might be incidentally named that Male's predecessor was a man of the name of Anthony Smith, who made all the cordage, &c, for the fishery, and in 1670, for being a nonconformist, suffered great persecution. In the }*ear 1580 the number of fishing boats was rated at 80, able mariners 400, and 10,000 nets. At the present time many of our mackerel boats have nets to the extent of two miles in length: they can be shot in an hour, but it takes from three to seven hours to get them in,—according to the weather. The boats now in use are of a heavier
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