Selections from Chapter 11
WALTER: I remember that time.
A is for anchor, you all know
B is for bowsprit, hangs over the bow
C is the Captain as he goes around
D is the deck where the sailors are found
E is the Ensign, our own Mr. Big Blue
F is the forecastle, where is the crew?
G is the galley where we all stand
H is the harpoon that never does strand [?]
I is for the eyebolt under the deck
J is for the jib that’s very well set
K is for the keelson down in the hole, and
L is the longboat, we often times row
M is the mainsail so stout and strong
N is the needle that never goes wrong
O is the oar to our jolly boat, and
P is the parent, wherever she floats
Q is the quarter where our Captain stood
R is the rigging, it’s always good
S is for the staves, to help our feet
T is the topsail, we never do reach
U is for the Union, which we adore
V is for the vintage, we’ll pan our floor [?]
W is for whale work, it be our kind;...
...the other three letters will soon come in rhyme.
X on our ship has no place
Y is the yardarm and the grace
Z is for the zinc on the bottom you know
With the boat and the cargo we’ll all go