The Crew

Photo:Portrait of some of the drifter crew members

Portrait of some of the drifter crew members

Great Yarmouth Museums

Portrait of part of the crew of a drifter

By John Layton

The crew size would vary with the size of the boat, but an average would be between 10 and 20 men.

The Wages
The Crews were paid via a 'share system', so each man would get a proportion of the sale price of the catch.

Typically, if the boat was owned by a company, they would take their share, then the crew would divide the rest up between them, the skipper getting perhaps more than one share, the mates around a share each, the ordinary seamen perhaps 3/4, and the cook 1/2 a share.

This page was added by John Layton on 19/12/2006.

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