The shore-side wrecker lords were always considered fair game, and there was no finesse in Rover raids upon them.
You mean become a smuggler, a wrecker, and a general law-breaker.
As our vessel was not noted for fast sailing, we accepted an invitation to go on board of a wrecker.
There was a struggle, none the less desperate because the wrecker was underneath.
Then we boarded the wrecker to be distributed along the line.
"That's what I'm trying to tell you," went on wrecker calmly.
Krantzer had sense enough to order out the wrecker, and send for me.
Then Dick talked in whispers with wrecker for a few moments.
Plug in the round-house for the wrecker—and tell them to send uptown for the crew.
Why should I talk like that about a man who has the character of being a wrecker as well as a smuggler?
1804, in reference to those who salvage cargos from wrecked ships, from wreck (n.). In Britain often with a overtones of "one who causes a shipwreck in order to plunder it" (1820); but in 19c. Bahamas and the Florida Keys it could be a legal occupation. Applied to those who wreck and plunder institutions from 1882. Meaning "demolition worker" attested by 1958. As a type of ship employed in salvage operations, from 1789. As a railway vehicle with a crane or hoist, from 1904.