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A Royal Navy dockyard officer, acting as a 'leader', or foreman, of a gang of workers. In 1696 the Navy Board directed the employment of one Quarterman for every twenty shipwrights and caulkers. In 1816 ths was increased to 30.
The term "Quarterman" was derived from the practice of dividing the work on a ship's construction into quarters-port bow, starboard bow, port quarter and starboard quarter.
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