Meantime the old salt
("ex-coasting skipper" was writ large all over his person) had hobbled up alongside in his bumpy, shiny boots, and, waving an arm, short and thick like the flipper of a seal, terminated by a paw red as an uncooked beef-steak, addressed the poop in a muffled, faint, roaring voice, as if a sample of every North-Sea fog of his life had been permanently lodged in his throat: "Haul 'em round, Mr.
She singled out from their number an old salt
, whose bare arms and feet, and exposed breast, were covered with as many inscriptions in India ink as the lid of an Egyptian sarcophagus.
People were frightened at the time, but on looking back they rather liked it; it was a fine excitement in a quiet country life, and there was even a party of the younger men who pretended to admire him, calling him a "true sea-dog" and a "real old salt
" and such like names, and saying there was the sort of man that made England terrible at sea.
And it depressed me to think that so sweet a child as Eva Denison should have spoken harshly of so good a man as her step-father, simply because he had breadth enough to sympathize with a coarse old salt
like Captain Harris.
It was now nearly the hour of high tide, but the waves were so great that in their troughs the shallows of the shore were almost visible, and the schooner, with all sails set, was rushing with such speed that, in the words of one old salt
, "she must fetch up somewhere, if it was only in hell".
Men in accurate clothes, with faces like those carved on cherry stones by the old salts
in sailors' homes, turned and stared at Dulcie as she sped, unheeding, past them.
"It donna smell," she whispered, thinking this was a great advantage which old salts
had over fresh ones: they did you good without biting your nose.
MUSSELBURGH: 4.20 Old Salt
(won off 104 down 5lb to 99); Duhallowcountry (9lb).
bent to the business of self-deceit, or futures ground from old salt
MARKET RASEN: 1.35 Stole The Show, 2.05 Mister Universum, 2.40 Beach Break, 3.15 Sumkindofking, 3.50 Deauville Crystal, 4.25 Too Many Diamonds, 5.00 Old Salt
In-form bottom-weight Old Salt
bids for a hat-trick after wins at Uttoxeter and Ffos Las for Middleham-based trainer Stef Keniry.