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old salt

A sailor, especially a man, who is older and/or has had a lot of experience on the seas. The bar was packed with old salts who'd travelled all across the world, sharing stories of their adventures.
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Old Salts were down to 13 men following deserved yellow cards but still it would not happen.
RIVERSIDE HOMES: Two bearded S old salts outside one of the Egremont cottages; and, inset, below, Slack Cottages, on the site He built a home for poor elderly sailors where they could spend their final years on the banks of the Mersey, at Egremont.
The waters of the Tasman Sea have flowed under the hulls of many fascinating new yachts in the past decade, and the 2010 Rolex Sydney Hobart is certain to produce more great boats, sailors and skippers who will be remembered by old salts around yacht club bars for may years to come.
LAST Wednesday, around 2pm, after the Freedom of Liverpool scrolls dedicated to the Merchant Navy were ceremonially placed in St Nicholas's parish church, sundry old salts and their judies needed a tot of Nelson's Blood.
There are loads of good old salts who could have made good use of that wasted cash and I know it would have been much appreciated.
I realize this is a purely personal and controversial reaction, but shouldn't old sailor ballads come closer to sounding like they're being sung by old salts than tuxedoed sophisticates?
Baby boomers who grew up watching Ernest Borgnine and Tim Conway cutting up on the '60s ``McHale's Navy'' series may be interested to know the two old salts have reteamed - vocally - as a pair of retired superheroes on Nickelodeon's hit Saturday-morning cartoon ``Spongebob Squarepants.
The scholarship is the brainchild of his daughters Ms Monica Foot, former head of mediarela tions at Birmingham City Council, and Ms Mary Maidof director of SACI, which is funding the scholarship with East Birmingham College and the Old Salts Association, an "old boys" group from the former Saltley college.
Old salts say a sunken trawler will bring bad luck if it is raised from the sea bed and returned to its fleet.
Midway and the Battle of the Atlantic showed how quickly entirely new ways of waging naval war - aircraft carriers, submarines - could rise, threatening the supremacy of nations whose old salts cling to old ways.