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We moored up for the night at Clayhithe, and painted the side of the boat where the new blacking had become scratched.
This includes a wide range of tasks from hull blacking to replating a boat.
Now at Cowroast Phil has an engineer and a site maintenance man who also does boat blacking and other similar tasks.
It means the shiny arc of reflected light on a chrome bumper instead of the smith's blacking on a hammered iron rail.
Put to work in 1824 at a blacking factory, a humiliation that was to provide a mainspring for his subsequent ambition.