Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Great Capstans in History 7

Now that we're getting back into the swing of things, it's time for another installment in our award-pending series, Great Capstans in History!

This edition's au natural subject here comes from the ranks of our noble readers! Siri sent in this fine example of naval ingenuity straight from the Gotheborg, a replica of an 18th century merchantman belonging to the Swedish East India Company.

Says Siri:
The bit of the capstan that sits upstairs on deck has apertures in it that are often used to put coffee cups in; this, apparently, is an anachronism, as sailors were not allowed to leave their drinks standing around in such a disorderly manner. If they were even allowed coffee, that is...
Ever going the extra mile, as one has come to expect from our extraordinarily good looking and intelligent readers, Siri has also sent in a useful list of capstan-themed phrases to help one get through the day:

Man the capstan
Heave the capstan!

Capstan is as capstan does.
A capstan a day keeps mutineers at bay.

Is that a capstan in your pocket, or are you just pleased to see me?
Penny for a capstan, Guv'nor?
My mother's name was Capstan.

We at On the Bounty would gladly pay more than a penny for a highly useful capstan any day of the week, but pity anyone born to a mother named after one. 


  1. Well, my mother really WAS named Capstan, so there. Capstan Bligh. See what I did there? Bwaa ha ha ha ha. With a sense of humour like mine, who needs friends?

  2. P.s. Thank you for publishing my humble contribution! I'm not really crazy... :-)