"Very kind of the Rimouski drogher. This postal packet isn't being towed at present."
"Those droghers will go anywhere on a chance of salvage," George explained.
The docks bring "together the remotest limits of the earth; and in the collective spars and timbers of these ships, all the forests of the globe are represented, as in a grand parliament of masts." (27) And among these great interminglings of peoples and cultures and ships are also the salt droghers
, captained and crewed by solitary men, reminding the reader that even in the most globally interconnected of settings, the individual is still intimately involved.