lugger - a small vessel with four-cornered cut sails, set fore and aft, and [sic] may have two or three masts; one who lugs; spec. an oarsman who depends on mere strength

stolp - obs. forms of stoop (n.), stoup + stolpe (Norwegian) - post, mast + stop

thief + tief (ger) - deep.

back + Come Back to Erin (song).

Magh Eireann (ma erun) (gael) - The Plain of Ireland: Ireland (poetic) + FSTD: And the ship's husband brokecurst after him to hail the lugger. Stolp, tief, stolp, come bag to Moy Eireann!

Norwegian Captain

svarede (Danish) - answered

blowfish - a popular name for any of several fishes which inflate their bodies when stimulated by fear, etc. + school of whales (phrase).

schooling - the action of teaching, or the state or fact of being taught, in a school + FSTD: And the Norweeger's capstan swaradeed, some blowfish out of schooling, All lykkehud!

unlikelihood - the state or fact of being unlikely, improbability + lykke (Norwegian) - happiness, fortune + hud (Norwegian) - skin.

taiyo (Japanese) - sun; ocean

ika (Japanese) - below + ikan (Malay) - fish.

Set - Egyptian god + heave in sight (Nautical phrase).

breakwater - anything that breaks the force of the waves at a particular place, esp. a solid structure of rubble and masonry erected to form or protect a harbour, etc.

made water - urinated



vaas (Norwegian) - nonsense + loss of his voice.

aweigh - Of an anchor: Just raised perpendicularly from the ground + away + weigh anchor - to raise the anchor from the seabed prior to getting under way.

yanker - a big or 'thumping' lie + anker (Norwegian) - anchor.

Norge (Norwegian) - Norway

seilende (Norwegian) - sailing + silent.

Sonnen (ger) - suns, of the sun + James Joyce: Ulysses.16.421: (Murphy, the sailor): 'my own true wife I haven't seen for seven years now, sailing about' + in Wagner's version of the legend, The Flying Dutchman comes ashore once every seven years.

brine - the water of the sea; the sea + Brinabride [013.26-.27]

bottom - the ground or bed under the water of a lake, sea, or river

fathom - the length covered by the outstretched arms; in pl. Depths. lit. and fig. Also in fig. expressions fathoms deep, fathoms down + William Shakespeare: The Tempest I.2.397: (Ariel sings) 'Full fathom five thy father lies'.

fram = from + fra (Norwegian) - from + "FRAM" - The ship used both by Fridtjof Nansen in his North polar explorations, 1893-96, and by Roald Amundsen in his South polar expedition, 1910-12. The name means "Onward." 

FRANZ JOSEF LAND - Uninhabited arctic archipelago East of Spitsbergen, between 80' and 82' N, the most northerly land in Eastern hemisphere. Discovered by Julius Payer in 1873, explored by Leigh Smith in yacht "Eima" in 1881-82. 

til (Norwegian) - to + FSTD:  [But they broken waters and they made whole waters at they surfered bark to the lots of his vauce.] And aweigh he yankered on the Norgian Norgean run so that seven sailend sonnenrounders was he breastbare to the brinabath [where bottoms out has fatthoms full] from fram Franz José Land till til Cabo Thormendoso.

CAPE OF GOOD HOPE - SW coast of Cape Province, Republic of South Africa; originally named Cabo Tormentoso (Cape of Storms) by Bartholomeu Diaz, 1488. The ship of the Flying Dutchman was usually sighted in the latitudes of the Cabo Tormentoso.   

evenstar = evening-star

rising sun

January + Rio de Janeiro.

golfe (fr) - gulf, bay

des ombres (fr) - of the shadows + December.

forty days and forty nights (the Flood)

mareman = merman - an imaginary marine creature with a man's head and trunk, and a fish's or cetacean's tail instead of the lower limbs.

veer and haul - to haul and slack alternately on a rope, as in warping, until the vessel or boat gets headway

mar - to spoil, impair

holey - full of holes + holy

raign - reign (obs.); to arraign + Regen (ger) - rain + FSTD: And the tides came made reer veer and haul and the times went marred rear and fall and, holey bucket, dinned it he raign!

help + hump - sexual intercourse (coarse slang.)

bass - to utter or proclaim with bass voice or sound

brother-in-law - the brother of one's husband or wife; the husband of one's sister + broeders (Dutch) - brothers. 

a wee bit - 'a little', 'a (little) bit' + half-bit - a Spanish colonial coin still used in the United States in the early 19th century with a face value of one-sixteenth of a dollar + Thomas Moore: Irish Melodies: Quick! We Have But a Second [air: Paddy Snap] (song about drinking).

Mac Fhiarais (mokirish) for Mac Phiarais (mokfirish) (gael) - son of Piers [Healy]

mainstay - Naut. the large rope which extends from the main-top to the foot of the foremast.

rigout - an outfit, a suit of clothes, a costume + rigging (Nautical) - ropes or chains used to support masts and set sails.

lairdship - the condition or dignity of a laird (a landed proprietor. In ancient times limited to those who held immediately from the king).

nett (German, Norwegian) - nice + niet zoo (ger) - not like that, not so + FSTD: — Hump! Hump! bassed the broaders-in-laugh. I will do that, sazd Kersse, mainingstaying the rigout for her wife's lordship lairdship. Neat Nett sew? they hunched back at the earpicker.

hunch - to nudge (a person) so as to direct attention to someone; to thrust out or up, or bend, so as to form a 'hunch' or hump.

earpicker - an instrument for clearing the ear of wax, etc.; also fig. + Earwicker

FSTD:  But old sporty, as endth lord, he nought feared crimp or cramp of shore sharks. It was whol niet godthaab of earl Howed and eorl (errol) Loritz off his Cape of Good Howthe and his trippertrice, with twy twig twy twinky her stone hairpins, only not, if not, a queen of Prancess their telling tabled who was for his seeming heart of the sweet (had he hows would he keep her as niece as a fiddle!) but it was whol yeas [sputsbargain] what, [rarer of recent,] he alwagers allalong most certainly allowed of the three blend cupstomerries cupstoomerries, having their ceilidhe gailydhe in his shaunty irish. Group drinkards withmaakse maaks grope thinkards or how says rotary [respecting the otherdogs churches churchees,] so long plubs will be plabs plebs [but] plabs may later take [with them] agree to have another.

sporty - Used especially of clothes: marked by conspicuous display + old sport - a good fellow, a lively, sociable person; freq. as a familiar term of address, more usually of men than women.


Ryehouse Plot (1683) - conspiracy to assassinate Charles II and the Duke of York

reigner - one who reigns, a ruler + regner (Norwegian) - rains.

crimp - someone who tricks or coerces men into service as sailors or soldiers

cramp - a painful and involuntary muscular contraction; to prevent the progress or free movement of

sharks (Slang) - pressgang

plot - to form a plan, device, or plot (in modern use, always for some evil, reprehensible, or hostile end) + flotsam and jetsam to (Japanese) - and.

wohl nit (ger. dial.) = wohl nicht (ger) - surely not + niet (Dutch) - not + whole night.

godt (Norwegian) - good + haap (Norwegian) - hope + Godthaab - town, Greenland.

earl - In late OE.: A Danish under-king (also jarl) + Earl Lawrence (Saint Lawrence family, Earls of Howth).

the Cape - some familiar headland; esp. the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa

tripartite - divided into or composed of three parts or kinds; threefold, triple (Prankquean's three visits [.22]) + tripper (Norwegian) - trips.

lorette - a courtesan of a class which at one time had its headquarters in the vicinity of the Church of Notre Dame de Lorette in Paris

Maometto (Italian) - Mohammed, the Prophet of Islam → he appears to have become momentarily female! + mao (Chinese) - anchor + mette (Norwegian) - satisfied; to satisfy; to still hunger + If the mountain will not come to Mohammed, Mohammed will go to the mountain (phrase).

princess + Prankquean [021.15]


seeming - the action or fact of appearing to be (to the mind or to bodily sense), appearance

casket - a small box or chest for jewels, letters, or other things of value, itself often of valuable material and richly ornamented

how - the way or manner (in which) + house + Howth.

niece - obs. form of nice + as fine as a fiddle - as fit as a fiddle, in good 'form' or condition + "And, be dermot, who come to the keep of his inn only the niece-of-his-in-law, the prankquean."

mealtub - a tub for containing meal + Meal-tub Plot in 17th century against Duke of York + meantime

always + wohl ja (ger) - surely yes.

spurt - a short space of time; a sudden outbreak or spell of activity or exertion + SPITSBERGEN - Arctic archipelago 360 miles North of Norway; discovered by Barents, 1596; became officially part of Norway 1925. 

rarere (Norwegian) - queerer, stranger 

recent - that has lately happened or taken place, etc.

Occasional Conformity Act - an Act of the British Parliament to prevent Nonconformists and Roman Catholics from from taking "occasional" communion in the Church of England in order to become eligible for public office under the Corporation Act and the Test Act.

MUGGLETON - Fictional village in Dickens' Pickwick Papers, scene of the cricket match between All-Muggleton and Dingley Dell + Muggletonian sect founded by an English tailor, Lodowick Muggleton.

mucker - a fanatic or hypocrite; Euphemistically (chiefly in written work) = fucker + Muckers - German gnostic sect.


all along - during the whole course of any proceeding, throughout, continuously

piler (Norwegian) - arrows + Pilgrimage of Grace - anti-Reformation movement in North England in 1536 (concession from monarch).

petitionist - one who makes a practice of petitioning; a professional or professed petitioner + Petition of Right - parliamentary declaration assented to by Charles I in 1628 (concession from monarch).

blend = blended - mingled, intermixed + blind.

customer - one who customarily purchases from a particular tradesman; a buyer, purchaser + *VYC*.

custom - a habitual or usual practice; trans. To pay duty or toll on, to pass through the custom-house.

spirit - pl. Strong alcoholic liquor for drinking, obtained from various substances by distillation.

Gaping Gill [036.35] + John Gill - Presbyterian theologian (1697-1771), contemporary of Swift (three antagonists in A Tale of a Tub).

George Berkeley - Anglican theologian (1684-1753), contemporary of Swift (three antagonists in A Tale of a Tub)

John Wesley - Methodist theologian (1703-1791), contemporary of Swift (three antagonists in A Tale of a Tub) + Arthur Wellesley (Wellington).

Waterloo + wünderlich (ger) - strange.

ceilidh - an evening visit, a friendly social call; a session of traditional music, storytelling, or dancing + céilidhe (Irish) - musical entertainment.

gaily (English spelled as Irish) + Gaelic.

shanty - a small, mean, roughly constructed dwelling; showy, smart + J. Tully: Shanty Irish, 1928 (about Irish emigrants in the United States) + Shaun.

drunkard - one addicted to drinking

maken (stem maak) (Dutch) - make


rotary - a rotary machine or apparatus + notary - someone legally empowered to witness signatures and certify a document's validity and to take depositions + rosary.

giaour - term of reproach applied by Turks to non-Mussulmans, especially Christians + Jew.

christen = a Christian + crescent (a symbol long associated with Turkey and Islam).

Orthodox - The specific epithet of the Eastern Church, which recognizes the headship of the Patriarch of Constantinople, and of the various national churches of Russia, Serbia, Romania, etc.

pubs + boys will be boys - an expression of resignation towards childish ways.

low frequency - a frequency having a relatively small number of cycles in a second; applied esp. to an electric current or voltage, an electromagnetic wave, or a sound wave. Abbrev. L.F., esp. in radio and telecommunications, where it also refers specifically to electromagnetic waves of 30-300 kilohertz.

amplification - Electr. The act of increasing voltage or power or current.

shed - a hut, cottage, poor dwelling + Joyce's note: 'people of the shed' Holland 97: Mohammed always shared any food that was given him with the "people of the Shed," as the poorest of the Refugees were called, who had no other shelter than a shed in the courtyard of the mosque.

ad - Colloq. abbrev. of advertisement + Joyce's note: 'Sourats of Koran'. 

quorum - a gathering of members of an organization large enough to transact business

lorimer - a maker of bits and metal mountings for horses' bridles + Ridgway: A Dictionary of Dates p 196: 'Livery Companies of London... in the order... of their institution: 1. Weavers... 2. Parish clerks... 6. Skinners... 11. Mercers... 12. Cordwainers... 17. Leather-sellers... 19. Girdlers... 25. Pewterers... 29. Lorimers... 33. Inn-holders... 34. Fletchers... 38. Salters... 42. Paper-stainers... 56. Bowyers... 58. Upholders'.

skinner - one whose work or business is concerned with the preparation of skins for commercial purposes

salter - a manufacturer of or dealer in salt

pewterer - a worker in pewter; one who makes pewter utensils

paperstainer - one who stains or colours paper. Humorously used for an author, esp. an inferior author.

parish clerk - an official appointed by the incumbent of a parish to assist in various duties connected with the church and its services.

fletcher - one who makes or deals in arrows; occasionally, one who makes bows and arrows + bowyer - one who makes, or trades in, bows.