A List of Dockers Nicknames
QUICK WITTED SCOUSERS
Adam: down in the hold, shouts up "God Almighty--am I the only one down here or wot?"
Al Capone: where's the gang?
Altar Boy, the: always with the Bishop
Athlete: runs when there is work to be done
Auctioneer: he'd knock anything down
Aztec, the Black Docker: always saying "Aztec dis, Aztec dat."
Baker: keeps talking about his tart. The kids have left; now it's only him and his tart.
Baldy Rabbit, the: says "lends a tanner I've lost me fare."
Also The Frozen Rabbit: on the borrow, he's lost his fare again.
Ballerina, the: "So I ups and turned round, and told him..."
Balloon: foreman who says "Don't let me down, lads."
Barking Dog: always snarling at everyone
Barking Pup: the barking dog's son, always snarling at everyone
Bat,the: does so many nights he can't see in the daytime
Batman: won't leave the ship without robbin'
Bewildered Minstrel: doesn't know whether he is white or black. This is said to refer to Cilla
Big Ben: he worked while the strike was on
Bird Doctor: says this lark's(job) no good
Bishop, the: always saying " God bless you, boys."
Blacksmith, the: makes a bolt for the door at kitty time
Blessed Art Thou: a great lover (from "blessed art thou among women")
Blister, the: only shows up when the work is over
Blood Donor: a very pale fellow
Bobby Beater, the: says "Let's get stuck into this copper!"
Bostick: things they are unloading just seem to stick to him.
Broken Boomerang, the: won't ever come back
Broken Clock, the: "Give us a lift, I've got a bad ticker"
Broken Globe, the: "We won't get a light out of this."
Burglar, the: "we'll break in here."
Canon Cups: the tea lad (tea can and chipped enamel mugs) for the dockers
Case Ball, the: always getting laced
Cassius Clay: where's the gloves?
Chemist: loads a truck and says "There's morphia."
Chichester: always to be found out in the Atlantic, which is the name of a dock pub
Cinderella: "I gotta be away by twelve."
Clergyman, the: never has Sunday off.
Constipator, the: always has a pained look on his face
Contented Diner: I've got enough on my plate
Coronation Kid, the: she'll crown me when I get home.
Coward, the: wore an old army overcoat with a bullet hole in the back
Deck Hand: always carried his cards with him
Depth Charge, the: "I'm going down for a sub"
Destroyer,the: always after subs( wage advances)
Dice King, the: "I only want seven."
Diesel: "diesel do for our kid, diesel do for me ma." Or: "I think diesel fitter."
Doctor Barnard: "What no overtime? Boss, have a heart."
Doctor Jekyll: I need a change.
Dope Peddler, the: bicycles to work every day when he could drive
Drug Addict: "Here's some morphia here."
Drunken Overcoat, the: staggers out of the gate every night with a full coat
Dulux: a docker with a large coat on, because, as with Dulux, one coat covers the lot
Eddie Calvert: says "let's have a blow."
Fractured Fairy, the: says "Youse must think I fell off a Christmas Tree."
Frightened Fish: won't handle a crane
Frightened Goalie: won't go out for the net
Frozen Rabbit, the: Lend me a tenner ter ger ome, I've lost me fur
Gardener, the: "Finish the job boys, and go and plant yourselves."
Ghost, the: always moaning
Good Shepherd: took a sheep carcass or a sheep out of the docks
Guy Fawkes: "this ship want's blowing up."
Happy Family: always coming to work with blackeyes
Harry the Horse: never off his bike
Harpic: he's clean around the bend(daft)
Hungry Rabbit, the: has never got a carrot
Hush Puppy: another son of Barking Dog, told to keep his gob shut.
Hush Puppies: nobody ever heard him getting into the containers
Ink: he's always in the pen(the taking on point)
Jelly, the: "a bit of overtime and I'm set."
Jellypex: he's only got one coat
Jigsaw: whenever he was given a difficult job he went to pieces
Judge, the: always wanted to open a case
Kitten, the: "Is me owl feller down there"
Lame Kangaroo: hasn't had a jump(sex) in years
Larry the Lamb: meek and quiet. When the barking Dog and the Lamb were joined by a third docker, the latter was called The Shepherd
Lazy Solicitor: he went to sleep on a case
Lenient Judge: a foreman who keeps saying "let dat guy go." A guy is part of a sling for cargo
Lino: he's always "on the floor"(short of money)
Little Red Riding Hood: heading away from work toward the canteen, says, "I'm going to me grannies."
London Fog: he never lifts
Lonely Cat: asking for his father, a fellow dock-worker, says "Me-owl feller down dur?"
Lonely Baker, the: "Now the kids ave left, there's only me and the tart"
Lord Nelson: "Keep your eye out for the boss."
Maid Marion: the nights will save me
Man From Planet X, the: says "What on earth is this all about?"
Man in Black, the: always going to a funeral
Mangy Cat, the: kicked out of every yard on the docks
Mangy Kitten: tells the bus driver he hasn't got any fare
Midwife: he's always on deliveries
Mirror, the: says "what you do reflects on me."
Nudist, the: says "the bare thing suits me.'
Olympic Torch, the: never goes out
Parish Priest: works every Sunday, when the pay for overtime is high; or: has always got his mate on his knees
Park Keeper, the: says "mind the swing."
Pearly King, the: because he always would say about a given job, "we got paid buttons for that ship."
Phil (Fill) the Cot: the father of many
Piano: thinks he's put upon, (that they're playing on him)
Plastic Surgeon, the: a really good grafter
Poet: "This job is just like eaven/aven done a tap since alf eleven,"
Pontius Pilate: always washing his hands
Popeye: docker known for smoking pipes
President, the: always in the White (ozzy white) House
Quiet Man, the: never says a thing.
Rattler: has false teeth
Reluctant Plumber: he won't do a tap
Robert Mitchum: walks about with a coat slung over his shoulder, smoking a cigarette
Sam Goldwyn: "Lissen, lads, I'll put yer in the picture."
Sammy the Seal: I think I'll float
Scottish Stevedore: "go ahead with pipes and drum"
Sell the Bed: always on nights
Sheriff: foreman who says, "What's the hold up, lads?"
Sherlock: always investigating, but doesn't do that much. His sidekick is known as Doctor Watson
sick pigeon, the: never leaves the loft
Sick Lobster, the: always absent from work because "the two nippers were bad"
Sore Finger: always wants sympathy
Spaceman: Says he is going to Mars (ma's) for dinner
Stanley Matthews: manning a hatch with three others, he says "I'll take dis corner."
Stirling Moss: called that because of the skidmarks on his underpants
Storm Lamp, the: never goes out
Surgeon: keeps saying "cut that out."
Table Jelly: three more nights and I'm all set
Telegraph Boy, the: " Send more wires in."
Tit (h)ead or egghead: a bald docker
Undertaker, the: says "lay em out over there."
Undertaker: says "lay em out over there."
Unknown Soldier: wore a long khaki army surplus overcoat, and was a loner
Van Gogh: always says "I've got one 'ere."
Vicar: keeps saying "Eh--men..." Hard taskmaster: he'll have you on your knees
Virgin, the: I've never done this before
Wallpaper: he's up the wall
Wedding Cake, the: always has a wedding to go to
Weight Lifter: he waits while you lift
Wet Match: never stikes
White Hunter, the: minesweeper of ozzy white
White Hunter, the: always looking for six good skins
Wonder Boy: a looter. He looks at cargo and says "I wonder what's in this, I wonder what's in that."