tidewaiter


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tide·wait·er

 (tīd′wā′tər)
n.
A customs officer who boards incoming ships at a harbor.

tidewaiter

(ˈtaɪdˌweɪtə)
n
(Historical Terms) (formerly) a customs officer who boarded and inspected incoming ships
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Tidewaiters needed to ensure that the cargo was not unloaded on another jetty out of sight of three other officials - the customs controller, collector and surveyor.
Belcour aligns himself with his audience as he describes his first experiences on English soil: "Accustomed to a land of slaves and out of patience with the whole tribe of custom-house extortioners, boatmen, tidewaiters, and water bailiffs that beset me on all sides worse than a swarm of mosquitos," he admits that he "brushed them aside" too roughly and that a "furious scuffle" ensued.