in the high, old tottering voice that seemed to have been tuned and broken at the capstan bars
He was one of nine children born to a coal miner and his wife and after leaving school, Johnny worked for a time at a cardboard box company before training as a capstan bar
lathe operator at the Alfred Herbert factory in Foleshill, Coventry.
Doubtless, this passage often rang with the seamen's lusty shanty as they hauled on the capstan bars
Within a few minutes of the key being turned in the cabin door, they heard the thunder of feet on the deck above their heads as the pirates ran to man the capstan bars