Sailing Ships 101
The jackass barque
is an uncommon ship with a kickass name.
Anything that falls
between a barque and a barquentine
can be called a jackass,
or sustain serious injury, or both.
A three-masted jackass
might have a square-rigged foremast, a mainmast
with a gaff mainsail, but square top-
and topgallant sails, with a fore-and-aft-
rigged mizzen, and a facial tic.
A four-masted jackass
might have the fore-and mainmasts square-
rigged and the mizzen- and jiggermasts fore-
and-aft rigged, and a collective libido
with a dangerous amount of free-surface.
The ship takes her name from the crew
of mainly drunken jackasses splicing
eyes in three-line stanzas - sports stunsails
on extended yards before a quartering
gale, sets moonrakers among the stars.
Peter Clement Davis
If you've any comments on
this poem, Peter
Clement Davis would
be pleased to hear from you.