Smugglers Cove

Chris Lord

New York, United States

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The smuggler’s den sits high on the clifftop above a secret cove


~“Hold it there laddie. There’s luggers hoverin’ at the Cove and the gobblers are out…. A Stinkibus is better than a noose I says. Us smugsmiths need to know that much to save our skin…. Look quick laddie! There’s a cutter behind! Row for your life or it’s the devil for both of us!”

Smugglers, also known as owlers, free traders and smugsmiths, were the scourge of the coastline 300 years ago. Matters got way out of hand in the 18th Century, when taxes were upped in a bid to fund foreign wars. Corruption cropped up on both sides of the law, with all kinds of chicanery resulting. Pitched battles became common scenes on the English coast, and conscientious officers often faced insuperable odds, with country folk closing ranks to protect the ‘smugsmiths’. As it was, entire villages often became involved in the trade – the folk from the Scilly Isles nigh on depended on it. However, there were times when gangs went too far even for their own men. Whilst some smugglers might claim that they were just trying to make a living within the spirit of free trade, contraband goods attracted their fair share of rogues and rascals too.~


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