Many families owned a small share of ocean going sailing vessels. Merchants owned most of the shares but friends and family, farmers and labourers owned a small portion. The practice was to sell 64 shares for a ship's construction. This entitled one to 1/64 of the money made when the ship and cargo was sold at the end of its journey. Thus the expression' when my ship comes in ' is still used today by people looking forward to the time when a gamble or investment pays off and makes them wealthy.... continue reading
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