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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.
See also: anchor, swallow
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Swallowing the anchor - A synonym for when a sailor retires from the sea.
His essays and autobiography are combined in Harbours of Memory (1921), Swallowing the Anchor (1925), More Harbours of Memory (1934), and In the First Watch (1946).