Constitution is a busy ship, and work fills almost every minute of a sailor’s day. But from time to time, the captain grants a few hours of leisure to those men not on watch. When they gather on the forecastle, the normally strict routine and discipline of a fighting ship slackens a little. There’s time to tell a tall story,
or listen to one; to read a letter; to mend clothes; and perhaps to dance to a fiddler’s tune.