Old Tony (The Barnacle) Abbott,
He clings to the hull out of habit.
If he had some bottle
He’d grab that damned throttle
And move it from tortoise to rabbit.
But barnacled bottoms impede,
By drag, both direction and speed.
A ship tends to slow
When it’s rough down below;
It’s smoothness that boat bottoms need.
So speed, it would further improve
Were they to old Tony remove.
Some times to up knots
You must jettison clots.
Most people I think would approve.