Sunday, May 22, 2011

more shouting from Willie

When we last saw Willie he was shouting through his bullhorn for everybody to wake up and start drinking. In this picture Willie doesn't have a bullhorn, but then he doesn't have a whole barrel this time, just a big pitcher on the capstan. But he's still yelling though.

A capstan is "is a vertical-axled rotating machine developed for use on sailing ships to apply force to ropes, cables, and hawsers. The principle is similar to that of the windlass, which has a horizontal axle." And also apparently a good place to put your close-reef - a term that has something to do with shortening the topsail - I can't find any usage online where close-reef means alcoholic beverage. Perhaps that and sea-breeze were Whaler Bar specialities.