Smuggling

Origins
The word “smuggle” derives from the self-satisfied expression on those in the 18th Century who bought cheap, illegal drink and tobacco.

South West
The traditional home of smuggling in Great Britain. This is because there are so many places to tie boats up – Dartmoor, Exmoor, Bodmin Moor, and so on.

Duty
Every Cornishman felt obliged to avoid paying tax.

Excise
It was very important that smugglers kept fit.

Customs
Bowing before stealing someone’s cargo, and saying thank you when you have finished.

Kegs
Trousers worn by smugglers.

False bottom
Fashion addition to kegs.

Jetsam
Superfast smuggler. Did a lot of excise.

Barrel
What Jetsam did.

Moonfleet
Hippy smuggler.

Smugglers’ Cove
Cheeky chappie who kept his partners in crime happy.

Contraband
Musicians proficient at harmonies once they’d downed some cheap grog.

Wrecker
Smuggler who went off with a colleague’s wife leaving her husband and children to fend for themselves.

The coast is clear
Phrase by and wrecker and his girlfriend.

Booty
Smuggler’s wife run off with by wrecker fond of hip-hop.

Beacon
Breakfast favoured by smugglers.

The King’s Men
Officials who recorded “Louie Louie” in their spare time.

Smugglers landing
Outside a smugglers bedroom. See “Wrecker”.

Levy
Nobleman who could be relied on to look the other way in exchange for a “loan”.

Coastguard
Some smugglers even tried to steal the coast so they could move it elsewhere and land their goods secretly.

Smuggling tunnels
Not easy. Tunnels are rather big and difficult to transport secretly.

Conclusion
Smuggling died out with the opening of Ye Olde Bargain Booze Cruise to Calais.

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