Sailor Speak of the Week – North Sea Organ

A pirate playing a North Sea organ in Disney’s Peter Pan. He’s unceremoniously shot by Captain Hook not long after…presumably for sucking, ruining Capt. Hook’s grumpy mood, and for having too much fun than would be permitted aboard a pirate ship.

Definition

Noun

  • A nickname for an accordion or concertina.

Origin

19th century.

Comments

Such instruments were popular aboard Scandinavian and German vessels. Hopefully the person playing it is skilled, and perhaps a good singer.

References

Rogers, J.G. (1985). Origins of Sea Terms. Mystic Seaport Museum.

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