What shall we do with a drunken sailor?

Thank-you to Roland Jellett of the Guildford choir for supplying some information on ‘What shall we do with a drunken sailor?’

  • ‘Put him in the scuppers with a hosepipe on him’: scuppers—holes or drains to allow water from the deck to flow overboard.
  • ‘Tie him to the taff-rail when she’s yard-arm under’: taff rail—the rail around the stern of a ship; yard arm—the tapering ends of a square sail that allow the sail to be reset efficiently when the ship is heeled over.

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