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  • n. Plural form of calker.


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  • In the distance, the hammers of some calkers pounded the hull of a ship, and the sultry breeze brought them an odour of tar.

    A Simple Soul

  • The ancients of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers: all the ships of the sea with their mariners were in thee to occupy thy merchandise.

    Ezekiel 27.

  • Twelve Breton sailors professed themselves to be such; and these, together with four carpenters and calkers, "of whom," writes Menendez, "I was in great need," were put on board the boat and sent to St. Augustine.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 73, November, 1863

  • Another and less fortunate purchase was of a vessel whose owners regretted the sale the moment they had parted with her; so down they went to where the calkers and painters were making her seaworthy for the voyage, and tried to persuade them to do everything just as badly as it could be done.

    Christopher Columbus

  • I obeyed him, but upon reaching the float-stage, where others [sic] calkers were at work, I was told that every white man would leave the ship, in her unfinished condition, if I struck a blow at my trade upon her.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue

  • I felt certain I should be, Mr. Auld, my "master," would naturally seek me there among the calkers.

    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, 1995, Memorial Issue

  • The next time I met them was in a 5s. one-volume edition of the dramatic works of William Shakespeare, read in Falmouth, at odd moments of the day, to the noisy accompaniment of calkers 'mallets driving oakum into the deck-seams of a ship in dry-dock.

    A Personal Record

  • One of his uncles was a ship-broker of good standing, with a large connection among English ships; other relatives of his dealt in ships 'stores, owned sail-lofts, sold chains and anchors, were master-stevedores, calkers, shipwrights.

    A Personal Record

  • These activities, in turn, stimulated shipbuilding, steadily enlarging the demand for fishing and merchant craft of every kind and thus keeping the shipwrights, calkers, rope makers, and other artisans of the seaport towns rushed with work.

    History of the United States

  • The calkers did not half do their work before she left port.

    Days of the Discoverers


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