My work consists of transporting people from one place to another in order to feed my family with what I earn from the passengers.
What tools did you use? Why?
He used very few tools like a boat and two oars.
EXPLAIN AN ORDINARY DAY IN YOUR LIFE
I wake when the sun rises. My wife had already done the day before breakfast, lunch and dinner because I always come back when the sun is no longer there. Usually, I spend one day to transport about twenty people. In the morning is when I transport most of the people.
I do not go far away from the coast because my boat is not comfortable at times.
I wake when the sun rises and I am going to work.
What did you eat?
My wife almost always made me bread with ham what it was delicious!!!!
HOW MUCH DID YOU EARN?
Boatmen usually has a salary every month, which is enough to feed their family.
I work on top of a boat carrying people and occasionally repairing the boat.
Where did you work? Was it in the openair? Or in a workshop? Describe your workplace?
There are two people working for me on two other boats.
Who did you work for?
Working for a rich merchant who had many entrepreneurs.
Did you enjoy your job? Did you think it was useful?
I really enjoyed and I felt very useful because with what I earned, I could feed me and my family.
How many orders did you have in a day? On a day I used to have about twenty people, but on Saturdays and Sundays was between forty and fifty.
WHO WERE YOUR CUSTOMERS?
My clients are not usually very rich although sometimes I had some.
The rich were some nasty people around and always gave great tips.
I used the same clothes that when I was down the street.
Did you wear any safety clothing? Which ones?
I do not use any safety clothing because it is too expensive and even to allow it was for the richest, although it is very dangerous.
Did you have a permanent hour to finish your work?
I am always back at home when the sun sets, sometimes I like speaking with the other workers.
How many hours did you work in a day?
We worked about fifteen hours each day, including Saturday and Sunday.
It was hard because I work too much, I sail and I meet new people.
Did you like it? Why? I like very much because I meet new people and also because I like sailing and traveling.
I bought my boat to a rich merchant. I gave the boat in exchange for two chickens and a roof rack.
Could women also do this job? The women could not work in this job because they thought it was too dangerous to put a woman sailing a boat. Although it was not true.
At what age did you start working? Was there an age of retirement?
I started working when I was seven years like many others who were not rich.
People died when they were between forty and forty-five years old.