bally
a euphemism for bloody
gimlet
a type of boring tool with a worm or screw at one end and a wooden cross handle at the other
Gladstone
a hinged bag, named after the Prime Minister who did a lot of travelling
guinea
the sum of 21 shillings (one pound, one shilling), before decimal currency in the UK and now equivalent to one pound and five pence
gunwale
a piece of timber going round the upper planks of the side of a boat or ship (pronounced and sometimes spelled ‘gunnel’)
hitcher
an old term for a boat hook. This is an iron hook fixed to a long wooden pole used to pull a boat into places or push off
housemaid's knee
an inflammation of the knee, commonly suffered by maids kneeling on hard floors to do cleaning
lasher
on the Thames, a weir or pool of water into which the weir falls
Moulsey
a place now known as Molesey
penny-nap
a type of card game, the name apparently derived from ‘Napoleon’ (Napoleon III)
porter
a kind of beer brewed from malt, of dark-brown colour
Sarah Janes
maidservants
sculler
someone who rows a boat with an oar, or scull
seedy
unwell; in poor health
slavey
colloquial for a male or female domestic servant
spooning
courting or paying sentimental attention to someone
tap-room
a room in a tavern or inn where alcohol (mostly beer) was served from tapped wooden casks
tiller-line
the rope or iron chain attached to a boat’s rudder, enabling the vessel to be steered
tow-line
a small rope or cable generally used by a person walking on the tow-path alongside the river to move or tow a boat