“The Fish and Chip Ship”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1977 (recording, Bob Roberts)
Keywords: commerce ship wreck humorous talltale sailor
Found in: Britain(England(South))


A fresh-water crew sets out "on a four-wheeled craft ... with a cargo of fried fish" The ship hits a Christmas tree. The wind blows off the skipper's wooden leg. The crew gets drunk on engine oil. The ship sinks but the crew escapes and saves the cargo.

Cross references



  1. Roud #1854
  2. BI, RcTFaCSh