Merchants, common sailors, captains of vessels, skippers
, both of Europe and America, naval officers of all countries, and the Governments of several States on the two continents, were deeply interested in the matter.
But I would like (though not accustomed to betting) to wager a large sum that not one of the few first-rate skippers
of racing yachts has ever been a humbug.
They were guided, too, by a shrewd old chief named Nookamis, who had grown gray in traffic with New England skippers
, and prided himself upon his acuteness.
They are a shining reproof to all low-grade German "ruby" enamels, so-called "boort" facings, and the dangerous and unsatisfactory alumina compounds which please dividend-hunting owners and turn skippers
But it is just like these merchant skippers
, they are always so confoundedly careless.
On the morning of the third day came the skippers
of the three schooners and that mate in a small boat.
What was Captain MacElrath, anyway, save a skipper
, one skipper
of the eighty-odd skippers
that commanded the Company's eighty-odd freighters on all the highways and byways of the sea?
When we dropped anchor off Guayaquil half a dozen skippers
from other steamers came on board to warn our skipper
not to let any of his crew or officers go ashore except the ones he wanted to lose.
A dilapidated windmill near by lifting its shattered arms from a mound no loftier than a rubbish heap, and a Martello tower squatting at the water's edge half a mile to the south of the Coastguard cottages, are familiar to the skippers
of small craft.
But there were coastwise skippers
I would have returned and killed when a man's strength came to me, only the lines of my life were cast at the time in other places.
No more need be said of the place; for this sort of thing might have hap pened anywhere where there are ships, skippers
, tugboats, and orphan nieces of indescribable splen dour.
The old people ultimately became acquainted with a good many names of ships, and with the names of the skippers
who commanded them -- with the names of Scots and English shipowners -- with the names of seas, oceans, straits, promontories -- with outlandish names of lumber-ports, of rice-ports, of cotton-ports -- with the names of islands -- with the name of their son's young woman.