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A mudlarker was a man who had an old boat, generally sold by some merchant vessel, furnished with an iron bar full of hooks, which was lowered down by a rope to catch pieces of cordage, oakum, canvas or other articles, which might fall overboard from the numerous vessels in the river; these were sold to the marine stores, such as were kept by old Nanny.
I have said in a former chapter that I was a regular _mudlarker_.
As a casual mudlarker, I was allowed an "eyes only" search.
I'm too old now; I was a flash pirate once, but I'm now nearly eighty, and am only fit for a mudlarker. "