Cartoon strip first published in WARSHIPS International Fleet Review magazine in August 2012.

Seamen were encouraged to dance during their time below, or off-watch, and mostly they were glad to do it. ¬†Singing was not so common – shanty singing was not encouraged in the Royal Navy, but was essential in the merchant service, where conditions were tougher – if you don’t count the fighting against enemies, of course.

Those of you who know Galf personally will not need to be reminded that Fungus is a kind very self-portrait. ¬†Galf needs glasses and doesn’t even own a fiddle, and he would never remember all the words of Spanish Ladies (as being sung by Fungus here).

If any members of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds should read this, then, of course, gulls have lovely voices, but mostly only to other gulls!