"Takin' Twenty" with the Virginian Brethren by Skip Salmon
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. He told us about being a VGN Clerk and Weighmaster and working with the foreign crews on coal collier ships docked in Sewells Point. He enjoyed eating aboard the ships with their Captains and crew.
It didn't happen at Sewells Point, but at Pier 6 at Lamberts Point. N&W usually kept men on
deck to direct the flow of coal, making sure all corners were filled. From time-to-time, they would
go to the galley for a snack. In railroad nomenclature, there were colliers identified as "Japs",
There was a lull in loading a "Jap", so one of the men went for a snack. With a mouth full,
he met his partner and said " You just gotta try those onion rings." His partner responded,
"They're not onion rings. That's squid." Harry Bundy
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