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Cooper was the name given to craftsmen who made and repaired wooden vessels made of wooden staves and metal hoops, such as barrels, casks, buckets or tubs.

Coopers who made casks for dry goods such as flour and grain were known as ‘dry coopers’, while those who specialised in making barrels or casks for liquids were known as ‘wet coopers’. A ‘white cooper’ was a craftsman who made various kinds of pails and tubs.

Coopers aboard ship tended to be skilled in the manufacture of casks for dry and wet goods.

Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields. Prepared by: Turnbull, P.
Created: 28 October 2001
Modified: 1 December 2001

Published by South Seas, 1 February 2004
Comments, questions, corrections and additions: Paul.Turnbull@jcu.edu.au
Prepared by: Paul Turnbull
Updated: 28 June 2004
To cite this page use: http://nla.gov.au/nla.cs-ss-biogs-P000098

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