Meanie chose the Isle of Wight as he hadn't been there before. He stowed away on a tramp steamer.
and the ship was taken over by a handsome pirate who shared pieces of eight and played walk the plank with him. (Meanie has a vivid imagination).
They arrived at Cowes.
Meanie couldn't help but remember the old schoolyard joke, Q: "What's brown, steaming and comes out of Cowes" A: "The Isle of Wight Ferry". He couldn't resist a titter, even although he didn't understand the joke at all.