On hearing that the cartoonist John Ryan, best known as the creator of the popular childrens cartoon series Captain Pugwash passed away on 22nd July at the ripe old age of 88 I was reminded of that old well-travelled urban myth from the late 1980s/early ’90s. According to this myth Captain Pugwash was laden with sexual innuendo and included characters with double entendre names like Seaman Staines, Master Bates and Roger the cabin boy. Totally untrue, but quite widely believed.
According to his obituary in the Guardian Ryan was a devoutly religious man with conservative views who preferred the old style traditional Latin mass and was a regular contributor to the Catholic Herald newspaper. So it’s not surprising that wasn’t happy about the slandering of his creations in this way and got his lawyers to order the papers which published these scurrilous falsehoods to issue a full retraction.
Still, it was funny though.
Alright then, mildly amusing.