Talk about the [Colchester Oyster] fishery today. Apparently there is no steam dredger any more, the last one having decayed. All the dredger men are quite old. It has been suggested that Tollesbury men might be admitted, but the freemen [of the Colchester Oyster Fishery] set themselves dead against it.
More on the history of the Colchester Oyster Fishery can be found in this article by the historian, Andrew Phillips.