Passing the Bucket
By Al Hines
This is a true story
I was getting ready to go on liberty in Athens with my shipmate Cobe. However, we were distracted and summoned to go aboard one of the TON Sweeps tied behind us. A British sailor welcomed us to come aboard for a while.
Well, we said why not. Going up the gangway we were welcomed by their mascot, a DOG! The swabbie invited us below, and said we must remove our covers. So we did. He said there was no rank where we were going.
Okay, we got below. There was long large table with every kind of chow you could think of. Meats, breads, crab, drink, we thought we had hit the smorgasbord in the sky.
We were invited to partake.
Now my shipmate Cobe could sing pretty good. In fact he could mimic Dean Martin.
WELL, let's get back to the drink. I think they had every kind of whiskey that the UK could muster.
Things really got interesting after that. We were wiping our thirst quenchers out.
Then a Limey stood UP and said!........ WE MUST PASS THE BUCKET. All residuals left in ALL bottles were introduced to that bucket! Well you can imagine what happened next.
We passed the bucket!
The Brits needed some music. Ole Cobe was summoned to sing. Cobe started singing There's To Many Chiefs and Not Enough Indians in this place. Well, Cobe passed out big time because they would not let him stop singing.
Well, we were both lucky to crawl out. Our ship was just a few crawls away!