Now if you want a merchant ship to sail the seas at large
Ye'’ll not have any trouble if ye have a good discharge,
Signed by the Board o' Trade an' ev'rything exact,
For there's nothin' done on a Lime juice ship contrary to the act
So-o! Haul, boys, yer weather mainbrace an' ease away yer lee
2. Now when ye join a merchant ship ye’ll hear yer Articles read.
3. No watch an' watch the first day out, according to the Act.
4. It’s up on deck, me bully boys, with many a curse we go,
Alternatively use chorus above as a fifth verse and for chorus;
"Shout, boys, shout! For I tell you it's a fact
There's nothing done on a limejuice ship contrary to the Act."
Collected by Stan Hugill. "Limejuicers" - American reference to British seamen who were given same at prescribed intervals at sea to fight scurvey. Eight Bells struck at the end of a watch.
From Mariner's Dictionary ed. Gershom Bradford:. "Handy Billy" - a watch tackle, "Watch Tackle" - one comprising a single & double block, "Tackle" - (Tay-kle), a purchase composed of blocks("pulleys") and ropes. "Tack" - the rope holding down the lower forward corner of a fore and aft sail or the lower corner to the weather side of a square sail.
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