Captain Nicholas S. Wenthworth never shied away from confrontation. However, much to the chagrin of his shipmates and the delight of ladies of gentle society, the Captain had a bit of a soft side. There wasn’t a night of fisticuffs that he didn’t follow up with a hand written note of apology and an invitation to enjoy a pint (or two) of ale. This was how, much to his chagrin, he became known as the “Velvet Scrapper.”
Of course, it was the Captain’s older brother, Professor Wentworth, who took the greatest joy in using this embarrassing moniker. After all, the Professor reasoned when he was outside the Captain’s reach, the Velvet Scrapper is only befitting of the boy who once enjoyed decorating his dog with flowers while wearing camouflage galoshes.