1) A sailor, although most of the evidence relates to men who operated boats on the Ouse, the Trent and their tributaries. Several villages and towns in that region were ports.
1379 William de Seyton, schypmane, Rawcliffe
1398 William Bird, schipman, Beverley
1421 In cariagio xlvj tuntight lapidum a Cawod usque Ebor. per aquam in valde magna siccitate per botes, per iiij vices per Johannem Blacburn, 27s 2d. By-names provide many early references: c.1280 Benedictus le Scipman, York
1301 De Roberto Schipman, Catton juxta Swale
1320 Adam Schipman, Hambleton
1379 Robertus Shypman, Rawcliffe.