Could also be "catch a packet". Cop is London saying for catch. A "packet" was a fast ship that was driven hard and they were built for speed not comfort. So to sail in one was not always a pleasant experience. They had a timetable to stick too so they would sail in all weathers; good and bad.
By SailingQuiz October 2019 Category: Nautical Saying
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