A Motley Sisterhood of Pirates! (Part One Blog six)
By Dan Watt and Taylor Norris
Oli nods at the Helmswoman ‘Wheel Turn’ Synthia who is standing before the helm. The spoked wheel is almost as tall as she is. Next she and Aarini climb up the steps to the fo’c’sle where the Captain is holding Oli’s mandolin and standing with the Navigator and Zala. Together they watch as the girls pour up the stairs of the hold to the deck. Making sure they line up properly is the Master-at-arms.
“We’re a sisterhood of pirates,” the Captain whispers into her ear as she passes Oli her mandolin.
“Ahoy, me hearties!” Oli sings down to the crew.
We’re a sisterhood of pirates!
The Captain says it’s time to sail
Turn the capstan to lift the anchor
Unfurl the masts it’s time to go
“Aye, aye, Captain,” the crew sings.
“We’re a sisterhood of pirates,” they continue as the Master-at-Arms grabs a hold of one of the capstan’s bars. The cook, ‘Unibrow’ Nippie joins in along with some of the teenagers.
“Round and round clockwise we go!” They sing over and over again.
The surgeons get some of the younger girls to climb the masts and help unfurl the main and mizzen sail.
Once the anchor is locked into place at the side of the forecastle Oli changes the song:
Heave the sheets to open the sails
And watch the position of the sun in day
And the stars at night
While we search for things to steal
From that Monstrous Captain Barthadrow!