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Jim Campbell
Fits in a Name - "A Wartime tale fae Scapa Flow"


DURING THE WAR THE DRIFTERS HAD BEEN COMANDEERED BY THE NAVY AND USED AS FLEET TENDERS FOR THE BIG NAVY SHIPS. UP IN SCAPA FLOW THE GOWAN CRAIG WAS BEEIN’ USED TAE DEE THE MAIL RUN ATWEEN WICK AND SCAPA. DURIN’ THESE RUNS THEY WERE AYE ACCOMPANIED BY TWA NAVY OFFICERS FA WIRNA THAT USED TAE SMA ‘ BOATIES COMPARED TAE THE BIG CAPITAL SHIPS THEY USUALLY SAILED ON, AND A TRIP ACROSS THE PENTLAND FIRTH WIS VIEWED WI’ DISMAY. ONYWYE THE BOAT WIS A’ READY TAE SAIL AND THE CREW WERE JIST WAITIN’ ON THE OFFICERS COMIN’ DOON WI’ THE MAIL THERE WIS A GOOD BREEZE O’ WIND BLOWIN BIT NITHIN’ TAE BOTHER ABOOT. AT LAST THE TWA MEN ARRIVED DOON ABOORD AND THE CREW LET GO THE ROPES AND THEY MADE THEIR WYE DOON THROUGH THE FLOW AND INTAE THE PENTLAND FIRTH. EFTER THE CREW HAD STOWED THE GEAR THEY MADE THEIR WYE INTAE THE GELLEY FOR A WELCOME MUG O’ TEA. GAUN DOON INTAE THE CABIN BEEL KINNAIRD SPOTTED THE TWA NAVY OFFICERS SITTIN’ AT THE TABLE LOOKIN’ GYE SORRY FOR THIMSEL’S, BEEL TRYIN’ TAE BE FREENLY INTRODUCED HIMSEL’ AND ASKED THEM THEIR NAMES. THE MAIST HIGH RANKIN’ OFFICER REPLIED,”I AM THEOPHELOUS GRAVELS, AND THIS IS ABRAHAM STRAW” NODDIN’ AT HIS COMPANION. BEEL WIS LEFT SPEECHLESS AND FIN HE MANAGED TAE GIT HIS WITS THE GITHER HE SAID TAE THE TWA O’ THEM, ”ARE YE NAE FAIRT TAE CROSS THE PENTLAND FIRTH WI’ NAMES LIK THAT“!


 


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