It was unanimously voted with much laughing and jest, that Sir Jim, (W.M.P.) would take the dinner watch in the crows nest for being so cocky after his victory over Sir Jayhawk. As the loser, Sir Jayhawk had the stern watch. Mister Kingpole, who was used to eating cold meals, as the helmsman, of course had the forward watch.
All the remaining Knights were sitting at the long table with King Arthur at the head, while waiting to be served by the stable hands, who when finished, would clean up and then retire to their own quarters to eat.
King Arthur was speaking about the journey being almost half over and going over the plans for when they reached the island of Lesbos.
He had watched from above, standing at the railing, the mock battles and fun his Knights were having, like a proud father watching his children at play. He had especially enjoyed the "Pile On" and the camaraderie shown.
The Knights were very hungry as they could smell the food from the kitchen below their feet. The first trays of food had just been placed on the table when the alarm bell sounded.
King Arthur stood and said, "Gentlemen, it looks like dinner will be a little late. To your posts."