The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #39591   Message #3863595
Posted By: GUEST,Victerr4
30-Jun-17 - 12:19 PM
Thread Name: Background Info: Chicken on a Raft^^^
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Chicken on a Raft (answered)^^^
Lordy me, this thread goes back a bit. Used to sing this shanty grouped around a stoked up Aga drinking tea and (when it was still politically correct to do so) smoking.
I always understood 'chicken on a raft' to be fried egg on fried bread; a lower mess deck staple but not so tasty after it'd been sitting in a bain marie for too long.
Dabtoes I believe refers to ordinary seamen, whereas Dustmen I believe were stokers. Frd and Aft being where they were individually grouped at mess.