duck browsers

enkidu68

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turkish
Hi folks, this is cited from Wellingborough Redburn by Hermann Melville (1849)
Question: does it mean “duck trousers?” Is it typo something?


Arrived in that town, he at once betook himself to the docks, to examine the American shipping, when a new crotchet entered his brain,born of his old sea reminiscences. It was to assume duck browsers and tarpaulin, and gallantly cross the Atlantic as a sailor.
 
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