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.

[Laughter]

X on our ship has no place

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.

[Laughter]

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

below.

[Laughter]

Z is for the zinc on the bottom you know

With the boat and the cargo we’ll all go

below.

[Laughter]

CRANEY

Impressions