I read this article by Alfred Padgett written in The Sketch on September 11, 1895.
He is recalling that sixteen years earlier in 1879 he was on board the Nore Lighthship. He writes, and I quote "What do they do to while away the time ?. They go in hugely for box making. Once on the Nore, whenever a new hand made his appearance, the oldsters instructed him in the art of marquestry.
In a very short time he proved to be more skilful in the art than the best part of the cabinet workmen in the so called London slaughter houses."
It is an interesting article if you can find it.