If Queen Victoria peering down from the poop deck
seems oddly familiar, it is by intent: a spoof of a popular coffee company logo.
Each watch provided three sentries who were relieved every hour; during the day one sentry was sited at the windward gangway and was responsible for guarding the doors through the barricade from the main to the quarter deck, the other two were positioned one at each side of the front of the poop deck
to observe the behaviour of the convicts allowed on the main deck.
(All the lads on the Poop Deck
Table at the Eldonians said thanks for the great party you gave us all before you jumped ship.) All your old mates, thanks for the memories.
TREASURE Some of the silver found on board the SS Gairsoppa SUNK The SS Gairsoppa was torpedoed by a German U-boat in 1941 SEARCH The treasure hunters launching a probe down to inspect the SS Gairsoppa, which was carrying 200 tons of silver when it was sunk in 1941 SHIPWRECK The stern compass on top of the poop deck
and, below, the ladder leading on to the forecastle deck
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An hour later - after he had been hauled on to the poop deck
by Gordon Brown - he was totally convinced.
My spy hiding in the poop deck
reveals: 'Have just about found way around the ship.
We all need to get off the poop deck
(it's in the back) and get up front on this issue.
Interestingly, Kate Winslet came top for the best complexion, proving that all that wind on the poop deck
did her skin no harm at all.
The bad news is that he has a video recorder so I suppose we'll have to suffer "this is me on the poop deck
, this is me on the bridge, this is me with vodka vomit down my shirt" when he gets back.