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  • n. Plural form of ferryman.


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  • Two women "ferrymen" found room to row in front, the coachman attended to his horses, one of which was inclined to be restive, while a man, whose flaxen hair was so light it looked positively white against his red burnt neck, stood rowing behind us; and thus in three-quarters of an hour we reached the other side, in as wonderful a transport as the trains we had seen put on steamers in Denmark, Sicily, or the States, but much more exciting and primitive.

    Through Finland in Carts

  • “As I descended into impassable rivers I no longer felt guided by the ferrymen,” he says, recounting his bouts with writer's block, depression, dry flaky skin and existential torment.

    With Arthur Rimbaud at the Chamber of Commerce Lunch

  • The lieutenant, in turn, who knew all the "rules and regulations" by heart, explained that the harbor police were not ferrymen, and that the police-boats had other functions to perform than that of transporting belated and penniless sailor-men to their ships.

    In Yeddo Bay

  • Trade isn't exactly brisk, although there's a handful of regular commuters and up to 100 ramblers on good days, so ferrymen traditionally find something else to do.

    Britain's Best Views: the Mersey ferry, Liverpool

  • There are broad river estuaries to be crossed, and ferrymen waiting with rickety old wooden rowing boats.

    South Africa beyond the World Cup: hiking in the wild east

  • The runaway law of 1714 penalized ferrymen who carried slaves out of the colony without authorization from their masters.

    History of American Women

  • The girl shares her stories with the enthralled young heir to the Sultanate, who returns again and again to hear incredible yarns about one-armed heroes, hunchbacked ferrymen, giants, voracious gem eaters, conniving hedgehogs, harpies, djinns and singing Manticores.

    Descent Into Cleveland

  • In arranging their wedding, John and Carolyn set in motion a covert operation of monumental proportions, demanding signed statements of confidentiality from everyone connected to the event, starting with waiters hired for the meals and ending with ferrymen needed to transport the forty select guests to remote Cumberland Island, forty-five minutes by boat off the southeast coast of Georgia.

    American Legacy

  • The real town of Anogi inched closer as the ferrymen plied the big oars—a free-moving ferry, this, the Hisei being too big and too trafficked to be crossed with ropes—a kind of barge that described a crescent-shaped course from shore to shore, a compromise with the current, while larger and smaller craft bound downriver went straight courses past, fishing boats and cargo boats and such.


  • The ferrymen had found that two fundo of these were of short measure, and two fundo more must be paid, otherwise the contract for ferrying us across would be considered null and void.

    How I Found Livingstone


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