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swallow the anchor

To retire from life at sea. After so many years sailing the seas, I knew it was time for me to swallow the anchor and adopt a more normal lifestyle on land.
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Then - this may raise a laugh or two - I swallowed the anchor and have been working on the railways ever since
The other week, I saw a picture of Dear --, and I remembered the pitch-roil fluttering of the old thing and why I swallowed the anchor and bid the barnacles come, calcify the sponge of this pulp-bobbing fruit.
We are still searching for shipmates that have swallowed the anchor and may well be living in the Coventry area.
Thomas swallowed the anchor (retired) in 1930 after 45 years at sea.