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Thread #8054   Message #251565
Posted By: kendall
04-Jul-00 - 08:51 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Mary Ellen Carter (Stan Rogers)
Subject: RE: Wanted: background to 'The Mary Ellen Carter'
a "dog" or dogging iron is a piece of steel pipe which fits over the handle of the "dog" giving tremendous leverage to insure that the hatch or the door is water tight. I question the truth of this tale, one reason, he refers to some others as..laughing drunken rats.. grounds for slander and libel. To the best of my knowledge, Stan was not a sailor, so, he came close enough to be forgiven. It's a great song in any case.