From the Old English lad, a leader or guide, and thus occasionally used at sea to mean a pilot. In the Laws of Oleron it was laid down, ‘If a ship is lost by default of the lodeman, the maryners may … bring the lodeman to the windlass or any other place and cut off his head’. Hence, lodemanage which meant pilotage or the hire of a pilot, a term which lasted into the 18th century. There was a Court of Lodemanage which sat at Dover during the days of the Cinque Ports for the examination and appointment of pilots. Of his ship's captain Chaucer, in the prologue to the Canterbury Tales, wrote:His herborough, his moone, and his lodemanage,There was none such from Hull to Cartage.
Subjects: Maritime History.