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Captains Log Book - July 16, 1798

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Captains Log Book - July 16, 1798

Twere a   blisterin day, on da Fundy Bay, aboard da ‘ Black Angel of da Blue”, 
with a crew of 32, whilst resting a spell, wid a thunderin clap of grog ,
when da Jack o’ Cups , his Jib a hangin, spotted a Jolly Roger aft.

Aye!  ye coulda sinked me! When dem thar scallywags  gave chase.
 So we  pumped da bilge, droppin a load of crap in thar path, weighed anchor, 
turned three sheets to da wind and tried to outrun dem thar sprougs,
 but me mateys' deadlights twere blinded by da grog - 
as useless as dem thar lanlubbers, and soon dem thar scallywags
overhauled da ‘ Black Angel’.

So! wid a heave to, we blasted dem thar swabs wid da balls off da Brass Monkey – 
six pounders dey be, but nary-a-one hit da mark and nary a one came back.
Dem thar scuffeys' didn’t aim ta sink us, fur da botty be all dey be wantin.

Arrr! Fur sur now we be black spotted,
 but I not be ready fur Davey Jones locker yet.
One more clap of thunder be what I be needin ta clear me groggy mind
 and figger a way outta dis hornwaggle.

So I spliced da mainbrace and it come ta me in a flash,
da only cargo we be a carryin be Rummmmmmmmmmmm. 
so we set dem thar kegs adrift and it wernt long afore dem thar 
sprougs was a drinkin grog and a fine time be had by all.


Inspred by:  Paula Swanson's cotest
Awareded:  Second Place

Author's Note:

In order to understand this narrative, you need to understand Pirate's language.  You can 
find it on the web - just type Pirate language in your search engine.

Copyright © Elaine George

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  1. Date: 8/4/2010 7:56:00 PM
    Congrats on your 2nd place win, Elaine

  1. Date: 7/30/2010 7:19:00 PM
    Well done. There is so much right with this and so little to quibble about that I would declare this a keeper for and one of your best. It is really quite good! Thanks, Gerard.

  1. Date: 7/28/2010 1:48:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win in the contest with this amazing pirate lingo poem ~ well done ~

  1. Date: 7/28/2010 12:57:00 PM
    Oh what a fine tale! Yours is easy to understand did you understand mine? I tried that facebook thingie and it WAS un understandable LOL GOOD win!

  1. Date: 7/28/2010 5:22:00 AM
    Congratulations Lainie on your win in Paula Swanson's contest "A Tale O'Pilligin". Love, Carol

  1. Date: 7/27/2010 6:11:00 PM
    Nice win Elaine as usual!

  1. Date: 7/27/2010 3:53:00 PM
    Jolly good, matey! Congrats on your win in the contest wit' this'n ! Dan C

  1. Date: 7/27/2010 2:58:00 PM really did a bang-up job telling this pirate's story! Well done, Elaine.... Tis a hearty toast of rum to thee!! :) Congratulations! love, Carrie

  1. Date: 7/27/2010 1:56:00 PM
    Congrats Lainie on your big win in the Pillagin contest with a rousing tale of pirating.. enjoy and thankxxx for your many super comments on my poetry reads.. guess u know I am getting married on Aug. 22nd in Italy by now... so enjoy as I will very soon.. with luv..

  1. Date: 7/26/2010 7:37:00 PM
    Oh, boy, I just can't get into this pirate talk at all, but I really think it sounds like pirate talk! it's beyond me how you guys could do this contest! Did you use that pirate talk guide she told us about? I hope you do well in the contest, matey! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 7/26/2010 6:15:00 PM
    Awesome Elaine! you did your homework on this a here one! looks like the winner to me.

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 5:29:00 PM
    good job!! thanks for your well wishes and congrats, it is a great honor for me it really helped me in this bad time!!

  1. Date: 7/18/2010 8:33:00 AM
    Did love this one and the Pirat's slang is well understood! Great poem, Lainie!!! And thank you for your kind comments always! Have a great week1. Love, Gert P.S.: have a look at my facebook albums if you'd like!

  1. Date: 7/17/2010 5:20:00 PM
    loved carolyns commet. jhl

  1. Date: 7/17/2010 5:17:00 PM
    wow; i was bi-lingual all along and never knew it. tri- lingual if you count the south. john

  1. Date: 7/17/2010 7:24:00 AM
    No need t' translate da pirates' lingo, mate. Easy t' read 'n a fine tale t' boot! Da ye think dey'll share dat rum? Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 7/17/2010 2:42:00 AM
    Aye matey you capture the pirates language well. A most interesting and entertaining write.