Some time in the past year somebody put me on to gCaptain, a website devoted to maritime industrial news, but which I read mostly for its Maritime Monday threads of nautickal trivia.

Anyhoo, perusing it as I do, I’ve several times now come across headlines such as this one:  Salvors Board Grounded Kulluk.

What grabs my attention with these headlines is the use of the word “salvors” to mean “salvage experts”.  It seems strange to my ear.  Is this a term of art in the industry?  Oughtn’t the word to be “salvagers”?

To me, a “salvor” would be somebody who applies a salve, although in that case it would be spelled “salver”.

“The salver salved the savage salvor with a salvaged salve.”

Try saying that five times fast.