Sailin’ in a Peter boat…

The Good Ship Literacy laden with booksWhen Jesus went fishing with Peter and the disciples and they caught a net full of fish, ye might be tempted to call the boat out of which they fished, a Peter-Boat. Well if ye did, ye’d be wrong.

A Peter-Boat is a fishing-boat of the Thames and Medway, so named after St. Peter, as the patron of fishermen. These boats were first brought to England from Norway and the Baltic; they are generally short, shallow, and sharp at both ends, with a well for fish in the center, 25 feet over all, and 6 feet beam. Yet in such craft, boys were wont to serve out seven years’ apprenticeship, scarcely ever going ashore.

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